Lake District: Rampsgill Head, High Raise, Kidsty Pike and The Knott

16 October 2011

The view from near Cow Bridge car park towards Hartsop village. I had tried to park in the car park above the village but it was full; the Cow Bridge car park itself was full by the time I'd parked and got myself ready. I'd left it later today to start out as it was initially cloudy and the forecast was for better weather later in the day.

Ascending alongside Hayeswater Gill. The Knott is ahead, the last summit to be visited today.

The dam at the foot of Hayeswater, with The Knott in the background.


Reaching the flatter land between Rest Dodd and The Knott.

After ascending using the path around The Knott, it is time to strike off across Well Gill towards the cliffs of Rampsgill Head

From Rampsgill Head, a glimpse through the cloud of High Raise

On the summit of High Raise, 802 metres (2631 feet).

From Kidsty Pike, with High Raise on the right. The two walkers just visible on the path had asked me for directions - I never cease to be surprised by the number of people who ask me for directions on the fells.

Kidsty Pike

Looking down Riggindale to Haweswater, with the sharp Kidsty Pike on the right and the long ridge of Rough Crag ascending to High Street across the picture

On the other side of the pass, looking the other way down to part of Hayeswater with The Knott ahead.

From The Knott, another look to Rampsgill Head and High Raise.

On the summit of The Knott, looking to High Street

Line after line of fells in the distance

Descending along the other side of Hayeswater Gill from the ascent

The weather is improving rapidly as I cross the gill

From the same point, looking downstream

The weather at the start and end was good but the fog in the middle rather took the edge off what could have been a glorious walk but it was instead rather teasing, hinting at what might have been.

Total distance 12.8 km and 813 metres of ascent in 4 hours 45 mins



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