Height: 655 metres / 2149 feet Grid reference: NY 49079 11183 Category: The Far Eastern Fells
Start Point: Roadside parking near the head of Haweswater (NY 479 119)
Mardale – Old Corpse Road – Selside Pike – Captain Whelter Bog – High Howes (Mardale) – Artle Crag – Branstree – North Ridge – Hollow Stone – Mardale
Distance: 4.7 miles Total Ascent: 506 metres Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes Start Time: 08:20
Weather: Sunny and warm, 17°C
What a gorgeous day it turned out to be today – there was an early mist but once the sun burned through it was really warm so I was down to shirt sleeves and it really did feel like a summer’s day. It was just about perfect and the sort of day I have been dreaming about for the last 12 months!
Start point: Swindale Lane (NY 516 133)
Truss Gap – Swindale Head – Harrop Pike – Grey Crag – Tarn Crag – Branstree – Artle Crag – High Howes (Mardale) – Selside Pike – Captain Whelter Bog – High Blake Dodd – Old Corpse Road – Swindale Head – Truss Gap
Distance: 11.5 miles Total Ascent: 800 metres Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes
Weather: Overcast and dull. 19oC.
It has been very wet of late and the weather didn’t promise much today either but I managed to escape the rain for a walk starting from the remote valley of Swindale circling the even remoter valley of Mosedale. There were no views today, the skies were leaden with the merest peep of sunshine. The terrain is generally boggy in this area and I certainly got a good bootful of water today! The remoteness of this area has some advantages though as I only saw one other person all day.
Start point: Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale (NY 483 057)
Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree (364) – Artlecrag Pike – Selside Pike (365) – High Howes (Mardale) (366) – Tarn Crag (Longsleddale) (367) – Harrop Pike (368) – Grey Crag (Longsleddale) (369) – Great Howe (Longsleddale) (370) – Sadgill Bridge, Longsleddale
Distance: 10.1 miles Total Ascent: 972 metres Time Taken: 3 hour 45 minutes
Weather: Overcast and hazy, a warm 17°C.
Today’s walk was a visit to some of the far eastern fells that I haven’t visited for a good while, starting from Longsleddale. Longsleddale is a lovely valley which is very quiet and Sadgill seems very remote at the end of the long valley road. The weather promised much but failed to deliver any sunshine although it was warm. Indeed, there were more than a few spots of rain towards the end.
Sadgill – Gatesgarth Pass – Branstree (166) – Artlecrag Pike – Selside Pike (167) – High Howes – Tarn Crag (168) – Grey Crag (169) – Great Howe – Sadgill
Started out fine with the snowline being at 500 metres, however on return the snow had made it down to the valley.