Wednesday 27th April 2011

 

Start Point : Ambleside (NY 375 047)

                   

Distance : 9.7 miles          Height Ascended : 900 metres

 

Route Map

 

 

The signs look good passing Windermere.....................

 

The early morning sunshine lights up Nab Scar and the distant High Raise plateau.

 

High Sweden Bridge.

 

High Pike from the path above High Sweden Bridge.

 

Looking up Scandale towards High Pike and High Bakestones - both on the agenda today.

 

The walled path leads unerringly to the head of Scandale.

 

Looking back  - Low Pike to the right.

 

The sheepfold at Scandale Bottom.

 

Scandale Pass ahead - the tops of Little Hart Crag just visible.

 

Scandale.

 

Low and High Pike and the continuation of the ridge to Dove Crag which would be my line of descent later.

Little Hart Crag from the top of Scandale Pass.

 

Scandale Tarn.

 

Scandale Tarn delightfully situated at the head of upper Scandale - the head of Windermere now far below.

 

Hartsop from just below the summit of Little Hart Crag.

 

High Hartsop Dodd - Brothers Water below.

 

Looking northwest from the summit of Little Hart Crag - the summit of Helvellyn just visible right of centre.

 

Looking down Scandale from the summit of Little Hart Crag.............

 

.........the wider view.

 

Looking over the top of High Hartsop Dodd towards the Far Eastern Fells.

 

Dove Crag - onwards and upwards, but first a slight detour to High Bakestones.

 

The Hartsop Above How ridge.

 

The view over Windermere from High Bakestones.

 

The cairn on High Bakestones.

 

This beautifully built 8' column, commanding a view of Scandale, is one of the finest on these hills.

It is more than a cairn. It is a work of art and a lasting memorial to its builder.

(AW - Dove Crag 9)

 

The northeasterly aspect from Dove Crag……………………

 

…………………….and the view southwestwards includes the Coniston Fells, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Scafells.

 

Following the wall down to High Pike.

 

Looking over High Bakestones and Little Hart Crag towards the  High Street plateau.

 

An overview of part of the route taken earlier from the sheepfold at the head of Scandale to the top of Scandale Pass and Little Hart Crag.

 

The summit  of High Pike.

 

Following the path on the left side of the wall from High Pike down to Low Pike.

 

Low Pike and beyond.

 

Looking back up to High Pike from the other side of the wall.

 

A glimpse of Rydal Water from Low Pike.

 

High Pike.

 

Loughrigg Fell over Rydal Water.

 

The western leg of the Fairfield Horseshoe…………….and a bit of eastern leg.

 

Low Pike and High Pike……………………and more of That Wall.

 

Rydal Water.

 

Lower Scandale.

 

Lower Scandale and a view of part of the walled-in lane walked earlier on the climb to Scandale Pass.