*Cancelled* – Saturday 17th November – Harter Fell, High Street and Kidsty Pike

Sorry, but I’ve had to cancel this walk due to a lack of interest.

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Walk Title: Harter Fell, High Street and Kidsty Pike

Meeting Point: Car Park at Mardale Head

Meeting Time: 08:45 for 09:00 Start

Finish Time: 14:00 (approx)

Car Parking/Public Transport: Car Park at Mardale Head, bottom end of Haweswater Reservoir

Rating: Strenuous

Ascent: 880m (approx)

Miles: 9 (approx)

Terrain: Mostly on rocky paths.

Route Description:

Out of the car park we’ll head up Gatescarth Pass and then up on to Harter Fell (778m) for some great views of Haweswater. Then down into Nan Bield Pass and up the other side on to High Street (828m) for more views in a westerly direction across to Hart Crag, Fairfield and the Helvellyn range. Our descent is via Kidsty Pike (780m) although a quick side trip to High Raise (802m) can be made should people wish. Once we’re back down to the reservoir it’s a short walk around and back to the car park.

At the time of writing, weather is good for Saturday. Although, it’s the Lake District, anything can happen! Please check weather and bring appropriate gear and hiking shoes, also including plenty of water if the weather is hot.

Please contact David on 07599 749450 by 6pm on Friday 16th November to confirm your attendance.

The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel walk dependent on conditions

High Raise and Sergeant Man from Grasmere – Sunday 8th April 2018

Start time: 9:15
(Estimated finish time: 16:00)

Moderate to Strenuous 10 miles / 16.1 km

Start point – On the village green in the centre of the village next to main bus stop and opposite Easedale Road end Grid ref: 337076

Parking Facilities: Various Pay and Display in the village, free parking available on A591 laybys north edge of village.

Time: Meet at 09:15

Set off: 09:30

Estimated time finish: 15:30 – 16:00, at a fairly leisurely pace.

Miles: 10

Classification: Moderate-Strenuous

Ascent climb: 2400 ft

Walk description:

A walk to High Raise the quiet way via wild deeply enclosed Far Easedale, returning via Easedale Tarn.

We start off along Easedale Road, following the road to Kitty Crag, before entering the quiet and wild Far Easedale valley, with Helm Crag looming to our north. A gradual climb up the valley takes us past a number of waterfalls and dark Deer Bield Crag. We eventually reach Greenup Edge and climb to High Raise which on a clear day has great panoramic 360 degree view of most of the main fells in the Lakes, being very central. We then traverse across to the rocky summit of Sergeant Man. From here, we climb down past Belles Knott steeply to Easedale Tarn. Thereafter it is a pleasant descent back to Grasmere via Sour Milk Gill back to the square.

Conditions underfoot: The route along Far Easedale Valley is wet, and also by Easedale Tarn, with plenty of water about thanks to the streams and watercourses which criss cross the path.

Terrain: The walk follows intermittent paths at times, and open featureless terrain on High Raise. Generally it is mostly easy going, but there is a tricky rocky descent by Belles Knott as we approach Easedale Tarn which can be very wet and slippy and also there is a tricky slab near a waterfall on the way up, shortlived – so come prepared!

Variation if poor visibility: If clouds are low visibility will be poor on High Raise and we may then vary the walk before we reach Greenup Edge and instead take the Calf Crag- Helm Crag ridge back to Grasmere.

Early April can still be very wintry on the high fells with snow and ice a hazard, so come prepared for potential wintry conditions still! Hopefully it will be a cracking Spring day and we will be reaching for the sunglasses..

Please text Damian on 07796654031 by 6pm on Saturday if you are coming on this walk.

The walk leader reserves the right to modify the route or cancel the walk dependent on conditions