Haweswater and Selside Pike
This is the third walk I have done from Mardale in the past 9 months, and never have I managed to pick a good weather day. Each time the sun has vied with the cloud to make some kind of dramatic weather scene.
In October with mist and rain and on New Years Day, snow on High Street was a healthy alternative to the Sales.
This time we took the ‘old corpse road’ up the west side, taking a right turn to Selside Pike. I can not say this was the most impressive of Wainwright walks. The most impressive part of the day was this wonderful rainbow over Haweswater, desperately holding up the clouds over Kidsty Pike.
There are distinctly no features on top of the fell and as the rain was begining to win this particular round, the rolling hills were not very remarkable.
We could just about make out the Pennines lurking under the cloud. Selside Pike I feel is a bit of a misnomer. There is no Pike, or Peak. If it was not for stone shelter it would be distinctly unmissable. My only pictures of it are myself and Kathy looking distinctly grumpy, so decided to skip on that. As we could see the raining rolling in over Mosedale even that pleasure was short lived.
There is little else but the fence line, which you may as well follow as it leads you Artlecrag Pike and Branstree.
A little more unmissable than Selside. The odd stone and even a seat!
So to descend. More rolling hills. But at least the purpose of the fence had some historical resonance with old Howard/Lowther Boundary Stone.
And finally there appears some lofty crags with the track down Gatesgarth Pass
and a view over the rather low reservoir – though with recent rain it must have filled up by now!
Map , down load here