13th January 2013

A wintry Hayeswater skyline


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 14.25
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2900 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Rod Hepplewhite
Hartsop - Hayeswater Gill - Gray Crag - Thornthwaite Crag - High Street - Straights of Riggindale - Kidsty Pike - Rampsgill Head - The Knott - Hayeswater - 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

This may have been Jennifer's choice of walk, but as it turned out, it wasn't her choice of weather. Jennifer has a short list of specific routes that she wants to do this year and this was the first one. Perhaps we'll do the others when I can be a bit more confident about it staying clear for the whole day.

Looking back from the route above Hartsop and you can see Hart Crag, Hartsop Above How and St Sunday Crag.


The Knott and Rampsgill Head above Hayeswater.

and High Street, seen above the other end of the tarn.

In the distance we could see the first signs that the forecasted snow was going to arrive MUCH earlier than we were lead to believe.

Looking ahead to Thornthwaite Crag and across to High Street from Gray Crag. Yes, the little bright spot in the sky is the Sun, desperately trying and definitely failing to put in an appearance.

A view back along the ridge to Gray Crag summit.

Striding across the ridge to Thornthwaite Crag.
The lake in the distance is Windermere, but never mind that, notice how clear it is on the crags on the right.

and before you could say "this picture wasn't taken very long after the previous one", Stony Cove Pike was being shrouded by cloud.

and again.

Froswick and Ill Bell seen from Thornthwaite Crag.

Almost ready to leave Thornthwaite Crag now and we're making the most of the views because the weather was definitely closing in and it was beginning to snow.

Thornthwaite Crag's beacon.

Hayeswater comes into view.

First of all a view looking ahead to High Street,

and now a view looking back towards Thornthwaite Crag.

A deserted High Street summit.

Heading down to the Straights of Riggindale. The picture doesn't really show the conditions. The wind was picking up, the snow was blowing horizontally across the ridge and the temperature was dropping.

Looking back up to High Street.

Kidsty Pike (this is the summit) and Rampsgill Head were added on because we had plenty of time and visibility was still okay even if it wasn't extensive, , , , ,

, , , , , once we'd reached the low point on the skyline over there, the cloud dropped and visibility was drastically reduced. Time to start consentrating on where we are and where we're going.

The Knott summit.

From The Knott we followed the wall back down to the main path. From there it's a simple case of turning left, following the path till it starts to level out and then heading steeply down hill to Hayeswater.

And here's Hayeswater.

Hayeswater Gill.

Making our way back down to Hartsop.

"How did you end up back there, you were in front a minute ago"
That's Gray Crag up there. Compare this picture to the first one which shows the place looking a lot less white.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks