Thursday, 3 January 2019

Wainwright’s - Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head and High Raise

High Raise was another of those Wainwright’s we had probably done but did not have a record of doing, so we decided on a straightforward out and back walk taking in Kidsty Pike and Rampsgill Head, both of which had definitely been bagged previously.

Parking at Haweswater just before the sun came up we headed along its eastern shore to Bowderthwaite Bridge.  Here we left the main path and made our way diagonally up a very boggy section towards the broad ridge which connects Kidsty Howes with Kidsty Pike.  Fortunately as the ground steepened the bogs were left behind and we soon found ourselves on Kidsty Howes where we had a second breakfast as the sun appeared.

It’s been a few weeks since we have had chance to bag a few of the higher hills and despite noticing a loss of fitness it was still a pleasant if rather tiring plod up onto the summit of Kidsty Pike. 

The view back towards Kidsty Howes

The summit of Kidsty Pike and the view towards Twopenny Crag and the col between High Street and Rampsgill Head.

From here we headed up onto Rampsgill Head where we had some spectacular if rather hazy views towards the Helvellyn range. 

Summit of Rampsgill Head. (L to R) Fairfield, Helvellyn and the Dodds

Moving on a pleasant wander in the sun took us up onto High Raise.

Low Raise from High Raise

Helvellyn range from the Summit of High Raise

After a relaxing lunch in the sun we took a diagonal course back to Kidsty Pike to avoid a re-ascent of Rampsgill Head and then retraced our route down.

That’s 3 Wainwright’s completed in total, but only one new one we can tick off our list. 

140 of 214 completed – 74 to go. 

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