High Street from Mardale Head

12th January 2008

Two young lads tore up the M6 in my newly bought Peugeot 406 Coupe, it was a fine crisp morning, ideal for walking with a icy frost underfoot, I precariously managed my way down to Mardale Head using what ever I could for grip as to not loose control of my new car, this came in the form of the grass verge because if I remember rightly, Mardale Head in January is no place for low slung coupes,this was Land Rover territory, but I persevered & we managed to get one of the last parking spaces in an already crammed out car park.

Being new to walking yet both having some map skills we deemed it safe this day for an all out ascent on High Street.

What we didn’t prepare for was the first pretty frightening weather front that caught up with us while on the summit. I say caught up ,It felt like that weather front was hiding behind the curtains waiting for these likely lads to summit there first ever Wainwright and then go BOOOO!!!! Got yer!!!!!

It certainly got us, we almost made it to Froswick before realising our mistake & then retracing our steps all the way back to the summit. A lot of things besides fear hit me that day, and once back at the summit and

with a more steady heart rate, in that low evening light, as we descended High Street’s rocky ridge.

I think I fell inĀ  love with Lakeland.


Wainwright Guidebook two

The Far Eastern Fells



Ascent: 2,716 Feet, 828 Meters
Wainwrights: 1, High Street
Weather: Cool, Crisp & Sunny To Start, Turning To Overcast & Blanketed Low Cloud For The Latter Of The Day
Parking: Mardale Head CP
Miles: 8.2
Walking With: Stephen Harrison
Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey OL5 (1:25)
Time Taken:  

Map and Photo Gallery


Heading for the Rigg after just leaving the car park

Haweswater from our ascent

The Rigg from a little further up the path

Long Stile appears through the cloud as we make our way towards the summit


Looking back along the Ridge, with a frozen Caspel Gate Tarn as we hit the snowline

The summit plateau of High Street as we indelibly make our way to the Trig Point & into a wall of snow & cloud

Officially my first Wainwright summit, & I guess were it all started for me

Steve, equally looking as pleased at High Streets summit Trig Point


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