High Street From Patterdale

8th February 2009

Previously Me & Ste had ascended from either Mardale or Hartsop on this favourite fell of ours. We were up for a longish walk on the fells so we’d planned High Street from Patterdale . The only problem or hurdle we had was the weather & with Mountain Rescue making the headlines sadly the last few weeks a lot of thought & planning went into this walk, Is planning the right word here? I’m not sure. After all we knew the route it had been covered numerous times in the last few months I guess what was in my head was knowing when to turn back…. I am id like to think “A safety first kind of guy” but that didn’t stop Mountain Rescue giving us stern warnings in the car park before we set off.

For the first half of the walk I couldn’t get what he’d said out of my head, maybe even a little “Who does he think he is? “ Why did he make us feel so small & inadequate?  I guess this Gentleman was generally sick & tired of giving pep talks to would be Julia Bradbury’s & him being there to pick up the pieces afterwards, It would get to anybody wouldn’t it ?? Of course it would. This gentleman knew everything about our route, where the ice had compacted to the meter cloud base the lot, I kind of got the feeling when asked -where was our Cramp-Ons? & me sheepishly answering we hadn’t any I’m guessing this guys thinking “yep see you later son !”

The thing is & its a really important thing, Is not knowing & knowing when to turn back, that can be a matter of live & death & in both our minds we knew so hopefully the day would turn out a walking success & it did & is one of my favourite Fell walks to date


Wainwright Guidebook

The Far Eastern Fells



Ascent: 828 Mtrs  2718Ft
Wainwrights: 3  Angle Tarn Pike, The Knott, High Street
Weather: Dry AM With Icy Conditions Some Snow & Hail PM
Parking: Opposite The White Lion Pub , Patterdale
Walking With: Stephen Harrison
Ordnance Survey: OL5 (1:25)
Time Taken:  

Map and Photo Gallery



Looking down the throat of Kirkstone Pass with Hartsop Dodd, Caudale Moor, Middle Dodd, Red Screes, High Hartsop Dodd .


Making our way up to Boredale Hause ,You cant really tell in the pictures but the path up here was “Glass like”  & as soon as we hit the tightly packed snow ..well we just looked like a couple of Billy Goats hanging on for dear life! (Reminiscent of the conversation in the car park came flooding back right about here)



Boredale Hause with the Eastern Fells in the background


Next stop Angle Tarn .


The cloud is really doing some dramatic stuff up there ,you can actually see the weather front approaching from the West .


Helvellyn & Catstye  Cam.


High Street in the far distance.


A very frozen Angle Tarn with The Knott & High Street in the Distance.


Angle Tarn & Brock Crags seen just before the decent to the Tarn , I have to admit I really do like this picture with the glimpse of light trying to break through the grey cloud .


Making our way to The Knott next ,That’s if we cam make our over this angle deep frozen snow ,Ok i don’t mind admitting I weigh in around 14 stone & this snow was like rock in places just a case of treading carefully & you wont break through .All the foot prints are yesterdays I guess & frozen over night


Frozen Hayewswater & I’m really glad were not ascending from Hartsop today .Personally for me attempting  The Knot from Hayeswater is one of the steepest ascents I’ve ever done.


A Landmark on this trail the old Gatepost  ,Normally we would stop for coffee & rest here but not today.


The Eastern Fells blanketed in snow.


Following the path &  wall which will lead us on towards  The Knott .


After a very accent of The knott we approach The Straights of Riggindale & its getting pretty clear although its only lunchtime were starting to loose some light ,So its a last push towards High Street, A quick coffee & sandwich & then head back before that very ominous black grey cloud completely engulfs us.


High Street’s Ridges ,The Rigg & Haweswater Reservoir seen here in between Kidsty Pike & High Street Summit.


Walking,.. or shall  say kicking boot holes in the snow for traction heading up towards High Street summit ,You can clearly see the summit has had its fair share of snow ,I would say the wall is round about 4ft in height & in sections you cant even see the top of it!



High Street Summit Trig Point , We hadn’t seen a sole all day until we got to High Street, So we asked this kind gentleman to take this picture .


In the direction of Thornthwaite Crag which really was our next destination then back down Grey Crag, But our thinking was why head in to the bad weather lets keep it on our backs ,Pick the pace up & head back the same way we came ,It wasn’t a bad choice ,I really didn’t fancy heading into that cloud of snow & hail .


Hayeswater Frozen to the core.


I say we didn’t see anybody all day ,On our way back down Riggindale these two Fell Runners shot past us & then on to Kidsty Pike ,I just do not know were these guys get there energy from !

Shortly after taking this photo the weather did actually catch up with us nothing serious just swilling snow whips & the odd hail stone .

All together another great walk to a favourite fell .


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