21st June 2009

A High Street fell wander


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.15
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 9.7 mile
Ascent 3130 ft
Walking with On my own
Hartsop - Hayeswater Gill - Hayeswater - The Knott - Rampsgill Head - Kidsty Pike - Straits of Riggindale - High Street - Mardale Ill Bell - Thornthwaite Crag - Grey Crag - Hayeswater - Hayeswater Gill - Hartsop
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hartsop Village

Unspoilt, sums up the lovely village of Hartsop; apart from the car park that is. At least it is tucked away beyond a narrow gap between the buildings at the top of the village.

The car park is free and offers almost instant access to the surrounding fells. The number of different walks you can do from here are jut too many to list.


Route Map

Grey Crag taken from the sheep pens just outside Hartsop. I did end up visiting Grey Crag, but it turned out it was the final fell top of the walk.

And shortly after taking the previous picture I took this one looking back down the track towards Hartsop.

By looking around to the right you get a fine view into Pasture Bottom and up to Thresthwaite Mouth.


The outflow of Hayeswater with The Knott up above.

As seen as though I'd stopped for a breather, I might as well take this picture looking down to Rest Dodd and The Nab. This was the point at which I left the main path and headed straight up to The Knott (behind me).

The Knott summit with a view towards the eastern fells.

Next stop was Rampsgill Head.

And as I was in the area anyway, I decided to detour across to Kidsty Pike.
I'm not normally driven by the thought that I "must" cram in as many summits as possible on a walk. Today however, it just seemed like the right thing to do and I ended up visiting seven different tops. Admittedly they're quite easy to fit into the same walk, if you don't mind having a few odd looking sections on the route that is.


High Street looming large ahead of me. For no particular reason, today I chose to follow the path on the left hand side of the wall straight to the summit.

And the view back to The Knott and Rampsgill Head.

Approaching High Street summit, thankfully with only one other person in sight.

Haweswater, Selside Pike, the Rough Crag ridge and the distant Pennines, taken from Mardale Ill Bell.

Now looking in the opposite direction, I could see Thornthwaite Crag (left) where I'm heading next.

Rather than take the main or rather the obvious path to Thornthwaite Crag I cut across to pick up a narrow path running above Hall Cove / Upper Kentmere.


Hayeswater with Rest Dodd, The Knott and Rampsgill Head on its right hand side and Grey Crag on the left.

The unmistakable Thornthwaite Beacon.
The lake in the background is Windermere.

Heading along the ridge to Grey Crag, which always seems to feel much further than it looks.

The Knott, Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike, seen here above Hayeswater.


Possibly because it is, but Hartsop looks a long way down when you see it from Grey Crag.

The final detour of the walk was from Grey Crag to this sheepfold next to Hayeswater.

A nice alternative to the main track is to head down to the filter house next to Hayeswater Gill. It does join back up with the other track further down; as I say though it is a nice alternative.


And finally, the view back up to the filter house.
The fell in the middle of the picture is The Knott.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks