Flexi time is when you have worked so hard that you get a day off. It's part of the work-life balance that I benefit from as an employee of the county council (as well as a gold plated pension and brilliant pay), I wanted to make sure I made the most of it and planned a long walk around the eastern fells starting from Haweswater. This is one of the few times I have actually walked the route I had planned, the only slight deviation being a more direct route from Selside Pike (the last of the eight Wainwrights that I bagged today).
Parked up at the end of the resevoir, The Rigg (those trees on the left) are my first objective.
this little fella obviously hasn't met Haweswater's most famous resident
got a proper soaking about here
climbing up towards Kidsty Pike, Riggindale (home of the eagle) sloping from right to left. Harter Fell's square top os middle left. I'll be there in about four hours.
path up to Kidsty Pike
Riggindale peeping through
back down to Haweswater, The Rigg is in the centre of the picture
Kidsty Pike becomes more recognisable
Kidsty Pike on the far right, Riggindale in the middle with slope of High Street and Mardale Ill Bell behind.
top of Kidsty Pike towards Harter Fell
from High Raise towards Harter Fell on the left and Mardale Ill Bell in the middle
people on Kidsty Pike
Rest Dodd and The Nab
it's just a crow
Kidsty Pike on the left, High Street on the right.
path up to High Street from Rampsgill Head
High Street summit
Thornthwaite Beacon on the left marking the top of Thornthwaite Crag
Froswick and Ill Bell from the wall on High Street. Windermere in the distance
and again from Mardale Ill Bell
looking over Harter Fell from Mardale Ill Bell summit
Small Water with Haweswater beyond from the Nan Bield Pass. I could have cut back from here but decided to press on.
Kentmere Reservoir with Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke behind
up to Harter Fell
Harter Fell summit looking west
looking out from the top of Harter Fell gully over Haweswater
tough slog up to Branstree, summit marked by a couple of stones and a dog bowl
heading over to Selside Pike, the last Wainwright of the day, I came across these three pillars.
top of Selside Pike and time to head back.
Like a good fell runner, I took a pretty direct route back to the road. The views over Haweswater opened up as I descended.
sharp angled peak of Kidsty Pike visible middle left on the horizon
back on the road and a panoramic view of Haweswater
phew, there's the car
my new boots got a good workout (13 miles). No complaints from me.
this Chaffinch came to hang out while I was changing out of my boots
yes, that's eight Wainwrights (13 miles).