Raise; however, lunchtime got the better of us, and we found a little shelter from the strengthening and bitterly cold northerly wind in rocks just to the north of Rampsgill Head... ...and by the time we'd finished, we were so cold we headed back down from the ridge. An ominous-looking shower to the east of Blencathra (and heading our way?) contributed to the decision. High Raise could wait for a better day! So, taking in the summit of Rampsgill Head en route, we dropped down to the dam at the foot of Hayeswater, before continuing downwards to Hartsop. Once again, the path on the eastern side of the valley provided us with our return route - though, sadly, the shop at Side Farm was closed - no ice creams today.
A trip to the Ullswater fells - July 2004
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Leaving the car in Glenridding (it wouldn't be used again until our departure four days later) we walked the short lane to the pier, and caught the 1.45pm sailing to Howtown. Howtown, about half-way along the lake on the eastern side, must be one of the quietest corners of the district - the Howtown
Hotel (lunch!) had a lovely old-fashioned feel to it. The path back to Glenridding is generally reckoned to be one the finest  More sunshine at the foot of Grisedalelow- level routes in the whole Lake District - I wouldn't argue with that. The red squirrel, who seemed quite accustomed to walkers, was an added bonus. A few minutes of sunshine near the end of the walk lit the hills opposite - a good omen for the rest of the trip?
Day 1: Howtown and the lakeside path
Day 2: Fairfield
We left Glenridding by the path to Side Farm, then headed for the hills via Boredale Hause. The path onwards is an interesting upland route, passing the unusually-shaped Angle Tarn, then crossing the heads of Bannerdale and Rampsgill as it gradually climbs to the High Street ridge. We left Glenridding by the path to Side Farm, then headed for the hills via Boredale Hause. The path onwards is an interesting upland route, passing the unusually-shaped Angle Tarn, then crossing the heads of Bannerdale and Rampsgill as it gradually climbs to the High Street ridge. Our initial objective was High
Day 3: High Street (well, almost...)
Day 5: Waterfalls Walk
A couple of days before departure, Shropshire had seen heavy rain and the coldest July day on record. We had travelled through some very heavy rain the previous day, shortly before arriving at Glenridding, although the weather had stayed dry for our walk. The skies remained resolutely grey the next day, and we ensured our waterproofs were packed. We needn't have worried - a couple
of light showers were all we had (the sort which stop as soon as you've put the waterproofs on...) Sadly, there wasn't any sunshine either - neither today nor the next day. We walked up Grisedale to the tarn, there taking the steep path (pausing for lunch half-way up) to the summit of Fairfield, which at 2863' is one of the higher summits. We then debated the route back - St Sunday Crag, or the longer, but lower, route via Hartsop Above How. We took the latter - a very enjoyable ridge walk - before descending to valley level and taking the path along the eastern side (away from the road) via Beckstones and (ice creams!) Side Farm.
Day 4: Striding Edge and Helvellyn
Heading for Howtown Howtown Hotel Ullswater - the path near Howtown Red squirrel (no, he's not stuffed!) Ullswater shore Above the lake The ubiquitous foxglove beside Ullswater A quiet mooring  The sun's coming out! Glenridding More sunshine at the foot of Grisedale Mossy roof and Place Fell Grisedale Top of the pass - view to Tongue Gill Grisedale Tarn... ...and the northern fells Sheep and Windermere Hartsop Above How On Hartsop Above How Hartsop - an aerial view Ullswater - boats and Place Fell Looking back - Patterdale and Glenridding Angle Tarn Trees on the island, Angle Tarn Bannerdale Almost onto the ridge View north from Rampsgill Head Getting out of the wind... Hayeswater Passing Shower above Hartsop Farm buildings, Pasture Bottom The paths to the fells, Hartsop Side Farm's Cockerel
At last, a fine, sunny day! What better objective than the rocky ridge route to the highest peak in the vicinity, 3118' Helvellyn? We followed the usual route via Grisedale and the path to the "Hole-in-the-Wall" (no, not a cash dispenser), then up onto the rocky arête of Striding Edge. We had climbed this way many years ago - a fine day at the start had turned wet later, the mist jetting between the pinnacles of the edge. No such problems today! As ever, the summit was well populated - nevertheless, we had no difficulty getting seats in the shelter (lunchtime!), in the lee of (again) a cold wind, but this time with warm sunshine, and the clearest air I've ever experienced on a Lakeland summit. The whole of the Lake District was clearly visible, as was the coast of South-West Scotland, and the Pennines to the east. With
binoculars, Blackpool tower was in sight (if you really wanted to see it...), and beyond, the Ribble estuary and the flat lands around Southport. More significantly, a darker smudge over the sea might have been the Clwydian range of hills south of Prestatyn. And, between the Scafells and Gable, a distant flat shore - surely not the coast of Ireland? (I'm pretty sure it wasn't the Isle of Man - too flat!) Can anyone out there confirm or deny our view please?  It was a shame to leave the exceptional views; sadly, we couldn't stay indefinitely, and began our descent, via Helvellyn Lower Man, White Side, and the long zig-zags which took us down, past the old lead mine, back to Glenridding.
Boat, Ullswater Not so grey today - Grisedale Aerial view of Grisedale The path to the "Hole-in-the-Wall" Ready for Striding Edge At the end of the ridge Looking back to Striding Edge Looking down on Red Tarn Helvellyn and Skiddaw Lone snapper - and the view to the west Thirlmere and Skiddaw, and the Solway Firth beyond Glenridding lead mine remains Looking down on Ullswater - the steamer arrives
Here's a walk that needs little explanation - and the only walk in these pages for which an admission fee is charged! The previous day's fine sunshine had become hazy late in the afternoon, and rain was falling as we walked back from our evening meal to the B&B. Our last day, which would end with the drive home, dawned damp and drizzly. We decided to drive out of the Lake District, to Ingleton, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, to do the waterfalls walk. If it rained on us, we would at least be at a relatively low level, and the trees would provide some sort of shelter.
In fact the rain held off, and we had a very pleasant couple of hours exploring the valleys of the Twiss and the Doe. Much as I would normally object to paying for a walk in the country, I can appreciate that the heavy use means heavy maintenance and repair, and the path constructed to follow the Doe downstream makes accessible a gorge that would otherwise be impassable. In the best traditions of these things, the falls all bear names. Please excuse me if I've got any wrong! And that was it - back to Ingleton in time for lunch, before heading south for the delights of the M6 - and home.
Pecca Falls Pecca Twin Falls Hollybush Spout Thornton Force Beezley Falls Baxenghyll Gorge Snow Falls

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