24th October 2010

Four Stones Hill and Haweswater


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 15.20
Duration 6 hr 5 min
Distance 11.6 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Burnbanks - Little Birkhouse Hill - Four Stones Hill - Measand Beck - Haweswater lakeside path - Bowderthwaite Bridge - Mardale Head - Road from Mardale Head to Burnbanks
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Burnbanks, Haweswater

There aren't many spaces here I'm afraid and parking is not allowed any further into the village. The good news (or bad news depending n your point of view) is that once these spaces are taken, there is room to park along the road outside the village.


Route Map

To find your way through Burnbanks, , , , just follow the sign(s).

There was enough of a frost last night for Jennifer to put on a winter jacket and extra thick gloves. To be honest, it never really warmed up much for the whole of the walk.


Walking along the fellside on the eastern end of Burnbanks. In the distance you can see the cloud across the High Raise / Wether Hill ridge.


"Which way now"
"Just follow the shadows"

Four Stones Hill summit.

"Do I get a refund"
"What do you mean"
"You said we were going up Four Stones Hill and I can only count two"

Looking back up to Four Stones Hill.

Crossing Measand Beck.

Looking back along the path towards the dam end of the lake.


It's peace, quiet and far from the madding crowd along here. Between Burnbanks and Bowderthwaite Bridge we only saw two other people.

Lunch with a view down to Haweswater and Branstree.

and also across to the opposite side of the lake.


Looking into Riggindale with Kidsty Pike high up on the skyline.

A long distance view down Haweswater.

"Right - why don't we both guess how many cars there are and whoever is furthest away makes the tea this evening (depending on where you live, you might call it dinner)"
Jennifer = 50
David = 62
Actual count = 76

Brilliant; what time will it be ready?

Across Haweswater to The Rigg, Riggindale and on the skyline, Mardale Ill Bell, High Street and Kidsty Pike.


Haweswater Dam.


Back at Burnbanks now and despite the sunshine it wasn't much warmer than when we set out this morning.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks