A walk in the remote far Easten fells from Swindale


Walk Overview
Date 12th August 2006
Time 08.50 to 15.50
Duration 6hr
Distance 13.25 mile
Ascent 3000 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Swindale - Old Corpse Road - Hare Shaw - Selside Pike - Branstree - Tarn Crag - Grey Crag - Harrop Pike - Ulthwaite Rigg - High Wether How - 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

Farm machinery at Truss Gap with Selside Pike on the sky line.

The head of Swindale Valley. One of the lesser known and more remote areas of the Lake District.

Hare Shaw summit.

Wide open fellside between Hare Shaw and Selside Pike. The path running from one side of the picture to the other is part of the "Old Corpse Road" between Mardale Green and Shap.

A little further up the path and you get this great view down to Swindale.

Selside Pike summit.

Branstree Tarn and to its right is one of the stone pillars used be the surveyors during the building of the Haweswater Dam in the 1930's.

Kentmere Pike with Wrengill Quarries below. The light coloured path in front of the quarry is Gatescarth Pass.

From the path up to Tarn Crag, looking back across to Branstree. The section of fellside below Branstree (on the right) is called Selside Brow. It seems strange to me that this was called Selside Brow rather then Branstree Brow.

Another one of the stone pillars, this one is found a couple of yards from Tarn Crag summit cairn.

Looking back to Tarn Crag.
This is another one of those areas best kept for dry conditions or failing that, when the ground of frozen.

Harrop Pike.

Heading away from Harrop Pike into the wide open moor land of the Shap Fells.

Lots of space here! The higher fells are High Wether How (L) and Seat Robert (R). The greener fell in the middle of the picture is Ulthwaite Rigg.

From Ulthwaite Rigg looking towards Wet Sleddale and the Pennines in the distance.

The view back along our route from the strangely named little hill called Scam Mathew. The green box is actually the container section of a lorry. Curiosity got the better of us and we managed to open the door, only to find some empty sheep feed bags and an empty pallet inside.

Beastman's Crag.

There wasn't much too water about, but there was just enough to keep this waterfall in Gouthercrag Gill from disappearing all together.

Back at valley level at Truss Gap.

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Lake District Walks