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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Mardale and Newlands Horseshoe

At last got a chance to get my last two walks posted, they were two crackers, the first was up to Mardale, I think probably my favourite area of the Lakes and on a nice day it is a really stunning place, and home to the only Golden Eagle in England, although I didnt see it this time. The second walk was the Newlands Horseshoe in the North western lakes, taking in Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth. This was a glorious morning and the photos dont really do it justice, it was just a pleasure to be up there.

MARDALE

Started this post with one of the last photos taken showing how the day turned out, a stunning view across to Rough Crag, Riggindale and Kidsty Pike

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It was a lot grimmer when I started first thing at Mardale Head at the head of Haweswater

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My route was off the main path following the course of Blea Water Beck, up to Blea Water, one of the waterfalls along the beck

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The photo below is on the approach along the beck to the outflow of Blea Water, Blea water crags in the background

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A from a little higher up, Blea water and my route up onto Long Stile at Caspell Gate and then up onto High Street

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Looking down on Blea Water from Long Stile

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Very cold on High Street

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Typical, by the time I walked to Mardale Ill Bell and looked back the summit of High Street had cleared

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Looking down into Kentmere from Mardale Ill Bell

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Harter Fell from Mardale Ill Bell

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Looking down my route of descent, to Small Water and Haweswater

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The Kentmere fell ponies on the slopes of Harter Fell

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looking into the Kentmere valley at the Nan Bield Pass

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Small Water on the descent from Nan Bield

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Very cold out of the sun down at Small Water, a majestic place

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Waterfalls on the beck out of Small Water

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Haweswater, with glacial Drumlins in the foreground

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One of the most stunning views in the Lakes, looking across Haweswater to Rough Crag, High St, and Kidsty Pike

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The valley of Riggindale, stunning place and home on the crags to the Golden Eagle

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The last view as I leave

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Todays route

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NEWLANDS HORSESHOE

This was a cracker of a walk, in great conditions, I had hoped for an inversion and an early start from Preston in thick fog was promising. When I arrived at Hawes End to start the walk up onto Cat bells the mist was lingering over Derwent Water, but it wasnt the full inversion I had hoped for. But nonetheless a great walk, the photos dont really do it justice.

Looking over Derwent Water towards Blencathra as the sun starts to rise

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Same view a little higher up

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Looking over Derwent water to the High Seat fells

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Beautiful colours as the rising sun hits the side of Cat Bells

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My route up onto Cat Bells

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A great view from the climb to Maiden Moor, Skiddaw and Blencathra across Keswick and Derwent Water

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Skiddaw and Blencathra from the summit of Cat Bells

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looking across Cat Bells to Skiddaw and bassenthwaite lake covered in mist

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Blencathra catching the early morning sunshine

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Skiddaw

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Dale Head from High Spy

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The north face of Dale Head

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Bowfell, centre photo from Dale Head

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Great Gable and Kirk Fell from Dale Head

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Looking down the Newlands valley from Dale Head

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The Newlands valley from the walk off Dale Head to Hindscarth

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From the same point looking into the Buttermere valley

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Grasmoor and the north western fells from Hindscarth

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The Newlands horseshoe route

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