We (Les and I) parked at the bottom end of Haweswater (the end without the Dam) and got ourselves ready for our walk. With signs promising us the sight and sound of Golden Eagles, we set off on our way. Would we see any though?
We headed away from the car park, away from the Reservoir and towards Small Water. At the gate, we took the middle path and started the steady climb up to Small Water. The path was a well defined track, so it was easy to follow all the way up to Small Water. We crossed the stream and continued along the track for a little way. The scenery up here is breathtaking, with hills all around, and a small Tarn nestled at the base; although this was nothing compared to what was to come.
We decided to divert off the main path and head towards Blea Water. The path was just grass now, with more climbing and negotiating grassy and semi-rocky outcrops. With no recognisable path, we just followed the contour of the hill round until we could see Blea Water. When it came into view, we headed down and towards the small Dam at the bottom end. The views from here are even more breathtaking, with hills rising all around the Tarn. It is almost like a very large Roman Amphitheatre. Also, because the Tarn is so deep, the water looks almost black in the shadows of the hills; and there wasn’t a sound to be heard – you could almost hear the proverbial pin drop!
Blea Water is a tarn or corrie lake which occupies a glacially excavated hollow immediately to the east of High Street in the Lake District, England. At just over 200ft (61m) deep it is the deepest tarn in the Lake District.”Excerpt taken from Wikipedia
We crossed the small stream and sat on the banks to have coffee. After coffee, we continued on our way, climbing again, towards Riggindale Crag where we could see our next obstacle. We headed to the base of one of the small Crags and scrambled our way to the top. It was a fairly easy scramble, especially compared to some of the others in the Lakes! Once we got to the top, we headed for a dry stone wall. Once there, we sat in the lea of the wall and had our lunch. Once we had finished lunch, we carried on along the path towards Kidsty Pike, before diverting off to walk along High Street. We carried on along High Street for a little way, before diverting off to walk over Kidsty Pike.
The way down Kidsty Pike towards Kidsty Howes was fairly easy going. It is a steepish slope, mainly grass and stone. Once we reached Kidsty Howes, we then had to clamber down a rocky slope that got a little steeper. Once we were off the rocks, the going was easier again, with the path being mainly grass. The slope gets a little steeper here, but as the path is mainly grass, it is fairly easy going. We continued down the grassy slope, heading to the footbridge over Riggindale Beck.
We headed over the bridge, towards the woods. We skirted the woods and followed the path that followed the edge of the Reservoir. We eventually crossed the stream leading into Haweswater and followed the path back to the car. We didn’t see or hear any Golden Eagles, but had a very enjoyable walk. Maybe next time?
Map used: OL5 – The English Lakes, North Eastern Area
Start/Finish NY 468 106
Distance 6 Miles
Time Taken About 6 hours