Monday 16th August 2010


Start Point : Mardale Head (NY 469 107)


Distance : 8.2 miles          Height Ascended : 850 metres


Route Map



The early morning sunshine lights up Harter Fell and Rough Crag.

The Rough Crag ridge and its continuation to Long Stile would be my ascent route to High Street.


Rough Crag and Long Stile over Speaking Crag.


Haweswater reflections - High Street and Kidsty Pike make up the skyline.


The northern bulk of Harter Fell from the foot of Mardale Beck.


Low Raise (left of centre) – my decent route would be down the ridge (pictured centre) right of Randale Beck.




Haweswater from the beginning of the ridge path up to Rough Crag………………………………

…………………………………and again from higher up.


Nan Bield Pass.


Violet and Hetty run off some energy.


The first view of Blea Water.


And a glimpse of Small Water from the same viewpoint.


The combined view.


Blea Water.


Kidsty Pike from the top of Rough Crag.


Kidsty Pike from the summit cairn of Rough Crag.


Caspel Gate Tarn.


Violet takes a momentary breather.


Rough Crag and Caspel Gate Tarn from Long Stile.


A long distance view of Bowscale Fell across the Straits of Riggindale.


High Street’s OS column - the distant Scafell range to it's left and the Helvellyn range to it's right.


Long distance but slightly hazy views all round from the High Street plateau.


One of my favourite Lakeland views - Ramps Gill from Rampsgill Head.


Rest Dodd from High Raise.


 Classic Lakeland scenery


Ramps Gill and two glimpses of Ullswater.


Low Raise from High Raise.


The view over Rampsgill Head from the summit of High Raise.


Looking back to High Raise from the summit of Low Raise.


Red deer above Whelter Crags.


Zooming in.


Snap-shot of a group of young stags.


Looking northeast down Haweswater.


Kidsty Pike from near the top of Hanging Stones.


Whelter Crags and Whelter Bottom from Lady's Seat.


Kidsty Howes and Low Raise.


Rough Crag and High Street from Bowderthwaite Bridge.


The ruins of Riggindale Farm.


Kidsty Pike and Kidsty Howes.


Speaking Crag.

The bleached shoreline showing the extent of the drought – compare with the picture below taken in September last year.


Speaking Crag – September 2009.


Drought conditions prevailing at Mardale Head.


Same viewpoint again taken 11th September 2009 for comparison showing normal water levels.