|Walk:||St Peter's Church, Steel Knotts, High Raise, Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, Rest Dodd, The Nab, Angle Tarn, Beda Fell|
|Start Point:||St Peter's Church, Martindale||Grid Ref:||NY 435 192|
|Distance:||14 miles||Ascent:||5,230 feet|
|Weather:||A dry day with sunny spells and a cold wind in exposed areas|
9 members of the group, led by Ray
|Comments:||After driving through mist and rain we were pleased that the weather looked promising as we commenced the climb to Steel Knotts. Enjoying the views over to Ullswater, our first target soon came into view. From Steel Knotts (Pikeawassa) there was a long trek up to High Raise, with some good views over to Fairfield, Helvellyn and many other fell tops. Setting quite a pace, Ray was soon on his way to Kidsty Pike with its great views down Riggindale to Haweswater, before continuing on to Rampsgill Head. From here another long stretch took us down to the col with more views down Bannerdale. This was followed by a short(ish) climb up to Rest Dodd and an even shorter (and steeper) descent down the other side to cross the stile onto The Nab. Navigating round the peat hags we reached the cairn near Nab End before returning and making our way past Satura Crag and Angle Tarn. Leaving the popular Boredale Hause path we made our way past Angletarn Pikes and along the ridge to Beda Fell. It was then an undulating descent before finally reaching the road at Winter Crag and the last stretch back to the cars.|
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Looking down to Sandwick as we head up to Steel Knotts . . .
and from further along the path we have a good view over Ullswater
The group heads through the dying bracken to the summit, also known as Pikeawassa . . .
and the summit rock provides shelter from the wind
Time for a group discussion . . .
as I check out the view across to Thrang Crag . . .
and up the valley to Nab End
Descending from Steel Knotts
Looking over Rest Dodd to Fairfield and Helvellyn, with many other fell tops in view
From High Raise, Catstye Cam stand out just to the right of Helvellyn
and the group explores the surrounds of High Raise
Kidsty Pike brings back memories of the Coast to Coast walk, with views down to Haweswater . . .
and I check out the summit cairn . . .
as the group admires the views
From Rampsgill Head we can see most of our walk, with Beda Fell on the left, The Nab straight ahead and Steel Knotts on the right . . .
and the group continue their discussions
Leaving Rampsgill Head, the Nab comes into view . . .
but first we have to climb up to Rest Dodd
Then its down the steep side . . .
to the end of The Nab . . .
from where Beda Fell, Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts can be seen catching some sun
Returning from The Nab . . .
we make our way across the fell . . .
towards Satura Crag
Before long we can see the route of a previous walk done in mist - Gray Crag on the right, Thornthwaite Crag in the distance and High Street to the left, surrounding Hayeswater
Looking down Bannerdale to Steel Knotts, with Beda Fell on the left
Catstye Cam is an easily recognisable silhouette as we pass Angle Tarn
Glenridding enjoys the sunshine, as does Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike
Beda Fell, the last summit of the day . . .
where the wind is particularly strong
Leaving Low Brock Crags, a minor summit . . .
we enjoy another view of Sandwick, seen early in the walk . . .
and time for a pause at Howstead Brow . . .
before we head down to the Old Church of St Martin . . .
in an idyllic position
Glad we are not too near to this 'big boy'
Anyone need to make a phonecall? . . .
or use the letter box . . .
placed here in Victorian times!