23rd October 2004

A day in the clouds on the far Eastern fells.


Walk Overview
Time 10.20 to 16.05
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew Leaney
Swindale - Hare Shaw - Selside Pike - Branstree - Mosedale - Swindale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Swindale

As with all roadside parking places, you can never be 100% sure you'll actually get a space. This one on the other hand may well be the exception to the rule. Swindale is a wonderfully out of the way valley penetrating into the Shap fells east of Haweswater; somewhere you can look forward to walking in seclusion.


Route Map

The dam on Swindale Beck.


Upper Swindale from the path leading up to Hare Shaw.

Hare Shaw's " summit ? " highest point.
Hare Shaw has 3 summit cairns, this one is the third one on our route, the second can be seen in the distance and the first is just to the right of the picture.

The summit shelter on Selside Pike.
The cloud had dropped by now and visibility was quite poor. I suppose we were a little bit lucky because we had no wind or rain and it was very mild.

Jennifer and Andrew next to the survey post near the path to Branstree.

Branstree's summit.

Mosedale Cottage.

The ford across Great Grain Gill, just past Mosedale Cottage.
We tried walking up and down the side of the beck to find a dry"ish" place to cross. In the end we gave up and had to settle for wet feet.

Almost out of the cloud again looking down Mosedale Beck in Upper Swindale.

Upper Swindale again this time looking down the path near Dodd Bottom.

Swindale Beck.

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Lake District Walks