Friday 11th September 2009

 

Start Point : Mardale Head (NY 469 107)

                   

Distance : 7.7 miles          Height Ascended : 800 metres

 

Route Map

    

Early morning Mardale Head………………………

 

Onwards and upwards

 

A look back to the calm waters of the head of Haweswater Reservoir at Mardale Head

 

Height is gained quickly on the relatively steep climb up to Small Water.

 The morning sun highlights a series of small drumlins just right of centre.

 

A section of Small Water Beck and nature’s signs that autumn is approaching.

 

Small Water tarn.

 

The stone shelters at Small Water.

 

Violet inspects one des-res.

 

Another look back.........

 

Yoke and Ill Bell over Kentmere Reservoir from the top of Nan Bield Pass.

 

Haweswater and Small Water from the summit of Mardale Ill Bell.

 

Nan Bield Pass.

 

The northeasterly aspect from Mardale Ill Bell.

 

Looking across the grassy plateau between Thornthwaite Crag and Mardale Ill Bell – the beacon conspicuous.

 

Blea Water.

 

Rough Crag,  part of the impressive ridge that runs from The Rigg and High Street, over Blea Water.

 

High Street’s summit Ordnance Survey column.

 

The Straits of Riggindale and Twopenny Crag.

 

Gray Crag and Hayeswater with the Helvellyn and Dodd ranges marking the skyline.

 

Riggindale from Short Stile.................

 

………………......and Kidsty Pike from the same view point.

 

A break in the wall offers this view down towards Hartsop.

 

High Raise and Rampsgill Head from the summit of The Knott.

 

Another clear long distance view of the Helvellyn and Dodd ranges - this time from Rampsgill Head.

 

The view over Brock Crags and Rest Dodd is impressive........................

 

……………………..but the most commanding view from Rampsgill Head must be that looking down Ramps Gill.

 

Looking down the ridge from Kidsty Ridge towards the foot of Riggindale.

 

Customary pose from Violet on the summit of Kidsty Pike.

 

Selside Pike and Haweswater.

 

Overlooking the ruins of Riggindale Farm.

 

Kidsty Pike and Kidsty Howes above Riggindale.

 

Bowderthwaite Bridge.

 

Riggindale.

 

Speaking Crag.

 

……………………..mid-afternoon Mardale Head