17th February 2010

The Hayeswater skyline


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 15.30
Duration 5 hr 50 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 2600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Hartsop - Hayeswater - The Knott - Straights of Riggindale - High Street - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag - Hayeswater - Filter House - Hartsop
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hartsop Village

Unspoilt, sums up the lovely village of Hartsop; apart from the car park that is. At least it is tucked away beyond a narrow gap between the buildings at the top of the village.

The car park is free and offers almost instant access to the surrounding fells. The number of different walks you can do from here are jut too many to list.


Route Map

Today was one of those perfect winter days with blue sky, sunshine, no wind and plenty of snow on the tops. It was just what we'd been waiting for. For a couple of weeks now Jennifer has been asking to do a walk on High Street and the way this day turned out I doubt that we'd ever get a better February day to be on the fells.

Hayeswater Gill running down the fellside below Brock Crags.

A partially frozen Hayeswater seen from the steep route up to The Knott.
High Street is the fell on the left of the picture.

A partially frozen Hayeswater seen from the steep route up to The Knott.
High Street is the fell on the left of the picture.

Up among in the fresh snow now.

Rest Dodd.

Heading around, rather than straight up to The Knott.

The Knott summit in front of Rampsgill Head and High Raise.

The view back towards The Knott.

Looking across the Straights of Riggindale towards High Street.

Walking through the Straights of Riggindale.

Approaching High Street summit.

Apart from a few inches of fresh snow, the whole lot was compacted, frozen rock hard and almost level with the top of the wall. If we get another fall of snow equal to the fresh stuff here, the wall will disappear alrogether.

Lunch with a view. Things just don't get better than this.

Heading across to Thornthwaite Crag with a view across to Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.

Looking back to High Street.
Notice the cloud building up in the distance. Luckily for us though, we managed to remain in sunshine for the rest of the walk.

The Gray Crag ridge.

Thornthwaite Crag. I would have liked a picture from the other side with the sun behind me, but a small group of people were determined to stand talking in front of the cairn despite seeing me, camera in hand, waiting patiently to take a picture. The look on my face and the head shaking must have let them know I was peeved off. Just three steps to the left or the right and they could have carried on talking, I could have got my picture and everyone would have been happy.

Snow drifts at the Thornthwaite Crag end of the ridge.

Heading down the ridge to Gray Crag.

Looking back to Thornthwaite Crag.


Well, that bit wasn't half tricky, and far too slippery for comfort. Rather than go through the same thing on the bottom section of the ridge, we traversed the side of the fell and then dropped down to Hayeswater.

The footbridge over Hayeswater Gill.

Despite the apparent wintry conditions, it was actually quite spring like by the time we got down here. Nice enough to sit for a while to finish off the last of the tea and crisps.

Looking up to Gray Crag and The Knott (on the left).

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Lake District Walks