2nd August 2009
I was invited by David Dimmock, friend and fellow member of the Online Fellwalking Club, to join him on a foray into Far Eastern territory. The whole concept became more attractive when Dave offered to drive from our Lancs / Yorks meeting place of Hellified railway station. We set off for Mardale and parked at the top of the road....
Dave Enjoys the View
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk
Harter Fell will be our final fell of the day
We made our way around the head of Haweswater reservoir.
On the way up the flank of Kidsty Pike, we got good views of Riggindale Beck.
Deer on Kidsty Howes
The Summit of Kidsty Pike
The Nab from Rampsgill Head
You can tell that it was a rather grey day. Dave and I were both a little frustrated by lack of colour and contrast in these circumstances. This was one of the better views, looking down Ramspgill, The Nab dominating the view.
That's me on top of High Stile
Haweswater and Small Water from the Nan Bield ridge
York and Ill Bell (r) from the Nan Bield Pass
The Architecture on Harter Fell Summit
Small Water Beck
Our descent route followed the route of Gatesgarth Beck allowing us views back in the direction earlier parts of our walk. Small Water Beck flows gently away from, not surprisingly, Small Water.
Walkers: David Dimmock and Me
Time taken:7hrs over about 10 miles
Route: Mardale car park, Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Gatesgarth Beck and back to the car.
Weather and conditions: Cool, overcast and dull.
Greetings Count: Low, very few folk about on the ascent, a few more on the tops.
Richard's Refreshment Review: We took our own butties and hurried home afterwards, so nothing to report this time.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2009 ©