A High Street Round (via Hartsop)
The aim of this walk was to complete a missing piece of the jig-saw made up by other recent forays in the vicinity, involving Thornthwaite Crag and Angletarn Pikes, thereby further savouring the delights the Patterdale area of the Lake District offers in such abundance. Ascent was from Hartsop village, up Hayeswater Gill, then slantwise to the “nose” of Gray Crag, and on up from there to Thornthwaite Crag. This was followed by a review of some of the main attractions to be seen from here and, having reached its summit, from the rim of High Street, e.g., the view south towards Kentdale, and the eastern panorama of Blea Tarn, Riggindale, Kidsty Pike, Haweswater and so on. A brief side-trip to Rampsgill Head was also made, to view its interesting rock formations. Descent was back down to Hayeswater from below The Knott. Strong easterly winds made the going difficult and cold at times, and visibility was not always of the best, but all in all, a great round, especially due to starting and finishing at the mouth of Pasture Bottom, surely one of the finest of all the valleys in the area. Distance: 8.89 miles/14.4 km; height: 3039 ft./926m.
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