High Street

Start point: Hartsop (NY 410 130)

Hartsop – Gray Crag – Thornthwaite Crag – High Street – Straits of Riggindale – Kidsty Pike High RaiseRampsgill Head – The Knott – Hayeswater – Hartsop

Start Time: 06:55

Weather: Turning to sunny, cold wind. 12°C

Partly Cloudy                 
Temperature      4 ℃ 
Feels like       1 ℃
Wind Speed       6.0 mi/h
Wind Direction   NNW
Humidity         86%           

Wow, how long has it been since I was up some of these fells? Well the last time I was on Gray Crags was in 2009, I can hardly believe it!. When I set off, the eastern fells were overcast with cloud and looking to the west I could see those fells were bathed in sunshine. Not to worry, it soon cleared out to make it a fantastic day, the longest I have done for ages and probably the longest ever for Fletcher, taking in 7 new Wainwright summits for him. I won’t leave it so long next time.

                       

Riggindale Round

Start point: Mardale Head (NY 469 107)

Mardale Head – Rough Crag (Riggindale) – Caspel Gate – Long Stile – High Street – Straits of Riggindale – The KnottRampsgill Head Kidsty Pike High Raise Low Raise Castle Crag (Mardale) – The Rigg – Mardale Head

Distance: 8.5 miles     Total Ascent: 888m metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 07:00

Weather: Sunny spells. 11oC.

It was beautiful this morning, very still and sunny and it was pleasantly warm climbing Rough Crag but as soon as I got to the High Street plateau it was covered with cloud which made it feel a lot cooler. It was a great day for it though and we were in total solitude throughout with just deer and sheep for company.

Riggindale Round

Start point: Mardale Head (NY 469 107)

Mardale Head – Blea Water – Caspel Gate – Long Stile – High Street – Straits of Riggindale – Rampsgill Head Kidsty Pike – Kidsty Howes – The Rigg – Mardale Head

Distance: 6.2 miles     Total Ascent: 735 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours     Start Time: 07:00

Weather: Overcast and cold. 11C

The sunshine and optimism of an early start soon disappeared this morning with the bulk of fells being covered in cloud. I walked a round of Riggindale waiting for the summer to make a reappearance but was disappointed that it never happened, I was ready for it too with my shorts on…and of course my hat and gloves! No sign of the Golden Eagle today either although I did have a good look.

Martindale Round

Start point: Martindale Old Church (NY 434 184)

Martindale Old Church – Beda Fell Angletarn Pikes – Angle Tarn – Brock Crags – Satura Crag Rest Dodd  The Knott Rampsgill Head Kidsty Pike High Raise Red Crag – Martindale Old Church

Distance: 10.6 miles     Total Ascent: 1048 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 40 minutes

Weather: Long sunny spells. 13C.

Today I was joined by StridingEdge stalwarts Andy Lang and Gary Jones for a circuit of Martindale. The occasion was to take in my final two Wainwrights to complete my third time round them, namely Beda Fell and High Raise. After the early mist lifted, the sun shone making it a great end to the walk and of course to completion of the 642!

Riggindale Round

Start point: Mardale Head (NY 469 107)

Mardale Head – The Rigg – Rough Crag (Riggindale) – Caspel Gate – Long Stile – High Street – Straits of Riggindale – Rampsgill Head Kidsty Pike High Raise (497) Low Raise (498) Castle Crag (Mardale) (499) – The Rigg – Mardale Head

Distance: 10.2 miles     Total Ascent: 1085 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 15 minutes

Weather: Sunny, a glorious Autumn day. 16oC.

I nearly never bothered today, it was wet and miserable first thing this morning but a chance hearing of the weather report on the radio made me get out as it was supposedly brightening during the day. I could hardly believe my luck as I reached Mardale, for the sun was shining and the skies were blue. This was a really enjoyable round (helped by the weather of course!) taking the direct route to High Street via Rough Crag, walking along the Roman Road, trying and failing to spot the Riggindale Golden Eagles and finishing off on the ancient British Fort on Castle Crag above Haweswater.

Mardale Skyline

Start point: Mardale Head (NY 469 127)

Mardale Head – Gatescarth Pass – Adam Seat (1) – Little Harter Fell (2) – Harter Fell (Mardale) (3) – Nan Bield Pass – Mardale Ill Bell (4) – High Street (5) – Rough Crag (Riggindale) (6) – Rampsgill Head (7) – Kidsty Pike (8) – Mardale Head

Weather: Sunny with snow and hail showers.

This is the start of my quest to climb the 541 Birkett Fells!