A High Street Round

After much heavy rain and other interruptions, this was my first outing in several weeks. As Wainwright says, “the ascent is a classic” and is the “connoisseur’s route” up High Street. The starting point was The Rigg at the foot of Riggendale, then up the long ridge comprising Swine, Heron, Eagle and Rough Crags, Caspel Gate and Long Stile, and so to the summit. Descent was via Mardale Ill Bell, Nan Bield Pass and Small Water. Though the top remained cloudy, the snow and the changeable weather conditions lower down provided some dramatic views. Two very good alternative sets of photos of much of this walk are available at the Striding Edge and Andrew Leaney’s Lakeland Fells web-sites. (Distance: 6 miles, ascent: 2240 ft.)

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