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High Spy from Rosthwaite

High Spy from Rosthwaite

Last time I was on top of
High Spy, a blanket of November cloud dampened the horizon and I battled to keep my feet being snatched by the ‘buffeting’ wind.

Friday was kind.

Sunshine and blue sky.

A different route.  Just because it was there.

Rather than the full horseshoe from Newlands valley a fast ascent. Over the surprisingly revealed, we’ve had a lot of rain, stepping stones and straight up Tongue Gill.


Stepping stones

Slate works scatterings a reminder that the hills were once the prevail of more than sheep and hikers.


Mine works in Tongue Gill

Dale Head and Launchy Tarn looking infinitely less daunting in April sunshine.

Dale Head

Dale Head

Loitering over lunch on Blea Crags, matching hills to names on my map.   I realised that there were two Great Gables in view.

Dale Head

Gable, Dale Head, Pillar et al

The large rounded rock the other side of Honister and hunched in front of Dale Head and crags is lesser namesake.

High Spy

High Spy

An easy saunter, enjoying the clear 3600 horizon, over Maiden Moor.



Dropping down past Hause gate and wandering back along the valley to Rosthwaite.

Derwent from Ard Crags


With tea and cake at Yew Tree Farm.


The route


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