12th April 2014

Wet, wet, wet from Four Stones Hill to High Raise


Walk Overview
Time 9:15am to 4pm
Duration 6 hr 45 min
Distance 13.3 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Rod, Andrew and Neil
Burnbanks - Four Stones Hill - Low Kop - High Kop - Wether Hill - Red Crag - High Raise - Low Raise - Castle Crag - Haweswater shore path - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


The sign tells people where they'll end up if they walk in the direction it's pointing (very useful), the information board tells people all about the building of the dam and Burnbanks (very useful), the sign on the phone box tells us the telephone doesn't accept coins (not useful at all if you need to make a call in an emergency). Anyway: this is yet another walk that was postponed over and over again over winter so earlier in the week I suggested we just go for it even if it did end up raining. Well, it did end up raining and we did go for it. The irony is, we'd cancelled the walk on better days than this.

Haweswater dam comes into view, Haweswater itself comes into view and we also have a view of the approaching weather which would last for almost the next six hours.


At Four Stones Hill summit. I've no idea what Rod was doing / had just done / or was about to do but unbeknown to me at the time, the camera captured the moment. Worse than that was the fact the Neil seems to be watching him !!

and here are the two remaining stones, found a short distance from the summit.


Despite the moorland terrain there are decent enough paths to follow around here. It would be a different matter if we were walking in cloud with snow on the ground. As for today, it's a pity about the rain and cloud taking away the views as this is my favourite kind of landscape ( not this place specifically, just this kind of place ). Never mind, it is the Lake District after all !

Into the cloud we go and although the views were taken away, visibility wasn't actually too bad.

Wether Hill cairn. (not quite at the highest point).

On one side of the ridge Ullswater briefly comes into view, , , ,

, , , , and on t'other side, we saw Haweswater for an equally brief length of time.


The one word that springs to mind is wet. I'd taken my glasses off so I could see where I was going (okay, I realise that sounds a bit odd). Rod kept his on however, despite them being misted up and dotted with rain.

High Raise summit.

and not too far away from High Raise is Low Raise with it's big cairn
It was here that the walk became expensive for me. Since Four Stones Hill I'd been using the wet weather camera and between pictures I'd just been putting it in my waterproofs pocket. Anyway: the next time I tried to use it, the camera wouldn't switch on. At the time, I thought the battery was flat, which would have been strange as I always keep them charged up. Once I got home I realised the thing was soaked both inside and out. Even leaving it in a warm dry place for a full day did nothing to improve things. Unfortunately for me, this was actually Jennifer's so not only do I need to buy another, I have to explain to Jennifer that I've ruined her camera.

Yes, despite the altitude, this is the Haweswater shore path.

Looking up to Castle Crag; not the Borrowdale one, although it does look similar on some ways.


Still a long way to go.

There was lots of water about today, , , , no surprises there then.

A view back towards Castle Crag on the right and in the distance is Harter Fell.

And a wider view similar to the previous picture. This time you can see Branstree at the far end of the lake.


It's normally very quiet along here but today we passed the largest group of people I can ever remember seeing. There must have been 40 or 50 people; just about enough to fill a bus. After you've said hello to the first half of them it begins to feel a bit repetitive.

The end of the lake comes into view along with the dam.

Through the trees you get a glimpse across the top of the dam.

I could be mistaken but that looks like sunshine over there.

And on the way home, I had blue sky and sunshine like this. By the time I got to the home side of Keswick, there was hardly a cloud in the sky.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks