3rd September 2005

A long walk from Mardale taking in eight fells and two valleys.


Walk Overview
Time 07.15 to 14.30
Duration 7 hr 15 min
Distance 15.7 mile
Ascent 4872 ft
Walking with On my own
Mardale Head - Old Corpse Road - Hare Shaw - Selside Pike - Branstree - Tarn Crag - Grey Crag - Sadgill - Shipman Knotts - Kentmere Pike - Harter Fell - Gatescarth Pass - Mardale Head
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Mardale Head, Haweswater

Although I've listed this one as being a car park, the truth of the matter is, if you don't get here early you'll end up having to park along the roadside. At times the line of cars can stretch back along the road for quite someway, but this doesn't really matter. Simply park up at the end of the line and away you go.

Parking is free and despite its popularity there are no facilities at all.


Route Map

Early morning sunshine and long shadows across one of the ruined buildings found next to the Old Corpse Road with Haweswater, Rough Crag, High Street and Kidsty Pike behind.

Looking back along the Corpse Road from one of the marker posts along the route.

From the path below Selside Pike looking back down to the Hare Shaw area.

Selside Pike summit shelter.

Captain Whelter Bog and the path to Branstree.

Hawswater from a little further along the path.

This massive stone tower was used by the surveyors who were working here in the 1930's when Haweswater was increased in size to supply the Manchester area with water. A mile long dam was built at one end of the lake which increased its length to four miles. This resulted in the valley being flooded and the drowning of the village of Mardale Green.

Branstree summit.

Brownhowe Bottom with Kentmere Pike.

Tarn Crag summit and another survey tower.

Looking across to Tarn Crag from the boggy area between Tarn Crag and Grey Crag.

An extremely steep and very slow descent into Sadgill from Great Howe.

Almost at the bottom of the descent and looking to the head of Longsleddale.

Part of the little hamlet of Sadgill.

The Ill Bell ridge from Shipman Knotts.


Kentmere Pike summit.

Haweswater from Harter Fell.

Looking down Gatescarth Pass with Rough Crag and Kidsty Pike behind.

Haweswater from the car park at Mardale Head.
I wonder what the people who used to live in the valley would think if they knew just how low the water level was for most of the year, after their whole community had been wiped off the map as part of an effort to raise the level of the lake.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks