Rough Crag (Riggindale)

Height: 628 metres / 2060 feet Grid reference: NY 45428 11244

Haweswater from the Rough Crag ridge

Haweswater from the Rough Crag ridge

Blea Water from Rough Crag

Blea Water from Rough Crag

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.

Mardale Round

Start point: Mardale Head (NY 469 127)

Mardale Head – Hollow Stone – Branstree north ridge – Artlecrag Pike – Branstree – Gatescarth Pass Little Harter FellHarter Fell (Mardale) – Nan Bield Pass – Mardale Ill BellHigh StreetRough Crag (Riggindale)Mardale Head

Distance: 8.2 miles     Total Ascent: 960 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Sunny and bright, becoming cloudy. 10oC.

It was sunny and bright first thing this morning with hardly a cloud in the sky – fantastic conditions for a walk around Mardale Head. Once up to High Street, the clouds came in and made it all a bit flat and I felt in hindsight it might have been better walking anti-clockwise…but then again, who knows? You never can tell what the weather will do.

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!