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About Summiteer

~Haweswater Excursion~

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

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.

Kidsty Howes Haweswater

Kidsty Howes


Deer on Kidsty Howes

Kidsty Pike

The Summit of Kidsty Pike

The Nab from Rampsgill Head

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.

High Stile Summit

That's me on top of High Stile

Haweswater and Small Water from the Nan Bield ridge

Haweswater and Small Water from the Nan Bield ridge

York and Ill Bell

York and Ill Bell (r) from the Nan Bield Pass

Harter Fell Summit

The Architecture on Harter Fell Summit

Small Water Beck

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 ©

Take me back to the start ....

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