High Street Skyline

Despite having done this walk many times previously (see relevant part of this Index), I never tire of it, and on this occasion it was made all the more enjoyable thanks to the company of local resident Jim Mercer and Lancaster University colleague Susan Lucas. In my view, the route chosen is the least arduous way in this area to gain altitude (and thus good views) early on, and it also has the benefit of getting most of the hard slog involved out of the way in the initial stages as well.
We thus went firstly from Hartsop vilage to the mouth of Hayeswater Reservoir, then, via a diagonally-slanting traverse of its eastern slope, to near the top of the ‘nose‘ of Gray Crag. From here it was a straightforward walk to Thornthwaite Crag, with fine views to the east and west. After lunch there (shared with a few midge-type insects, though fortunately of a non-biting variety), we walked briefly south to admire the views down into Kentmere, then wended our way back (eventually!) to near High Street summit and then to the spectacular views from its eastern rim down into Blea Water, along the southern ridge of Riggindale, and over to Haweswater.
Descent was via the Straits of Riggindale and then down the western flank of the Knott to Hayeswater once again. Having returned to Hartsop, three very welcome cups of tea were enjoyed, thanks to the novelty of a refreshment van, run by the local farmer’s wife - an excellent innovation! Great views and great company - another excellent day out!
(Highest point: 2900 ft/ 883 m. Distance: 8 miles/12.8 km. Ascent: 2718 ft./828 m.)

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