2nd May 2009

A circuit of Haweswater


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 15.35
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 10.2 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Burnbanks - Measand Beck - Bowderthwaite Bridge - Mardale Head - Road above Haweswater - 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

A glimpse of Haweswater Dam.

The view down Haweswater.

"Quick, run for your lives".

I really didn't know how far I'd get on today's walk and to be honest I expected to have to turn back after half an hour or so. I've been hobbling about all week with a painful Achilles Tendon; hence the lower level route. All I can put it down to was having to run up the street the previous Saturday to get out of the rain.

As it turned out, it wasn't too painful once I got going. Although I'm still glad I kept off the fells. Limping back along here would have been bad enough, but struggling to get off the fells wasn't something I relished the thought of.


Looking back down the lake.

Notice the walls, all running straight into the lake. Prior to the flooding of the valley in the 1930's, these would have continued down to the valley itself.


The Mardale Head end of the lake, seen here from the highest point we reached on the walk; just over 1000ft.

The Rigg, a tree covered headland, bringing the Rough Crag ridge down to the waters edge. The fells behind are Selside Pike and Branstree.

Riggindale Beck.

Now for something to eat; near the ruins of Riggindale Farm.

Riggindale Beck, taken just about at the point where it enters the lake.
The highest point on the far skyline is where Rough Crag joins up with the ridge near High Street summit.

The footbridge over Riggindale Beck.


A view into Riggindale.

Haweswater, seen from near enough half way through the walk.

Looking back down to Mardale Head.

Another picture of Riggindale, this one taken from the road between Burnbanks and Mardale Head.



The old looking tower and the new looking road.

Almost back at the dam, and it's only from this side of the lake that you really appreciate just how big it is.

Woodland near Burnbanks.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks