Wednesday, 7th August 2013


Walk: Hartsop, Gray Crag, Thornthwaite Crag, High Street, The Knott, Rest Dodd, Brock Crags, Angletarn Pikes, Boredale Hause, Hartsop
Start Point: Cow Bridge car park Grid Ref: NY 403 133
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 3,530 feet
Weather: Mainly sunny Time: 6.5 hours
Comments: In need of a good climb I chose one of my favourite walks, and was not disappointed. Ascending the nose of Gray Crag I decided to explore the area to the right of the rocky outcrop - a steep grassy slope but nothing to gain compared to following the usual route. While the distant views were rather hazy for photographs it was possible to see as far as Dumfries and Galloway and could just make out the water if the Solway Firth. Taking the Brock Crags route around Angle Tarn I was lucky enough to see 4 deer grazing below me. It was then a pleasant walk to Boredale Hause and back to the car - a very enjoyable day.

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Approaching Gray Crag . . .


with Pasture Beck to the right


Crossing Hayeswater Gill


Looking across to Brock Crags . . .


and over Hartsop to Brothers Water and the fells beyond


A panorama of the high fells with the distinct peak of Catstye Cam in the centre


Reflections in Hayeswater


Gray Crag with Thornthwaite Crag to the left and Caudale Moor to the right


Looking to the north from Gray Crag


Further along the ridge Threshthwaite Mouth bridges the gap between the steep
descent from Caudale Moor and the steep ascent to Thornthwaite Crag


Thornthwaite Beacon


High Street


Zooming in on the flanks of Kidsty Pike with High Raise to the left . . .


and down the Riggindale Valley to Haweswater


Approaching The Knott . . .


which has views to the climb onto Gray Crag . . .


and north to Ullswater . . .


The flanks of Rampsgill Head from Rest Dodd


Gray Crag is in view for much of this walk . . .


along with High Street and The Knott


Angle Tarn with the Pikes beyond and Place Fell to the right


From Brock Crags 4 deer were spotted


Brothers Water from Brock Crags, the ridge of Hartsop above How leading up to Hart Crag and Fairfield


Yet another view of Gray Crag, Thornthwaite Crag, Hayeswater and High Street


Angle Tarn from the southerly Pike . . .


which has a decent cairn . . .


and great views to Brothers Water


The northerly Pike has no cairn so the trekking poles mark the highest point


Glenridding from Boredale Hause


The waterfall on Eden Beck

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