High Street from Deepdale Bridge.

Start. Deepdale Bridge.

Route. Deepdale Bridge - Boredale Hause - Dubhow Brow - Angle Tarn - Satura Crag - Rest Dodd - Rampsgill Head - Kidsty Pike - Twopenny Crag - High Street - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag - Hayeswater - Filter House - Hartsop - Calf Close - Deepdale Bridge.

Notes. This was a delightful high level walk, with the summer crowds ascending High Street via Hayeswater and Pasture Beck Bottom, I ascended in the company of a few coast to coast walkers full of energy at the start of a long day to Shap. My day took in three rarely visited summits, Rest Dodd and Rampsgill Head, later in the day Gray Crag a real favourite of mine, the cataracts and cascades of Hayeswater Gill and Angletarn Beck made for a pleasant return route.

My day started at Deepdale Bridge, I crossed the bridge to access the bridleway leading between cottages and converted barns, a hundred yards down the lane a gate opened into meadows. On good paths I wandered across the valley, once in the shadow of Dubhow Crag the climbing started, steep before getting steeper, eventually the path deposited me onto Boredale Hause, with paths heading to all points of the compass this is a real mountain crossroad. For me and several parties of coast to coasters the compass pointed south across Stonebarrow Gill and on to Angle Tarn, most walkers stop here, it's a perfect photo opportunity, a good place to have a brew and something to eat, I took the opportunity to escape the company I was in and head for the quiet, the quiet being Rest Dodd. A peaty path leads from Satura Crag winding its way up the hill, I followed this to a lonely summit cairn where I sat down to soak up the views and have a brew.

Suitably refreshed I descended to the south, a dry stone wall guided me to the coll between Rest Dodd and The Knott, here I left the path to ascend the ridge leading to Rampsgill Head, this ridge is rarely walked if ever. It carried me above the head of Martindale then up to the summit of Rampsgill Head, another much neglected corner of Lakeland. To the southeast the sharp profile of Kidsty Pike rises above Riggindale, the highest point on the coast to coast path, my next top. With no path to guide me I just casually strolled on across, I hung around on Kidsty Pike drinking in the views and deciding where to tread next. The whale back of High Street dominates the view, there was still life in the old legs yet so High Street it was. A very well trod path lead the way, above the Head of Riggindale and Twopenny Crag, across the Straits of Riggindale before the long climb to the summit. From the summit the beacon on Thornthwaite Crag acts like a magnet, nobody actually knows its origin but I like to think it's there to mark the start of the best ridge walk in the whole of Lakeland, another rarely walked stretch of forgotten upland, the Gray Crag Ridge, over a mile and a half of airy ridge walking before the unsuspecting walker plunges into the valley of Hayeswater Gill.

I checked the map a couple of times before starting my descent, opting for the easier slopes leading to Hayeswater, I have descended the nose of the hill before, get it wrong and it's a bit hairy. From Hayeswater a once good path leads down hill to Hartsop, now rather washed out, I opted for a path two hundred yards further down the hill, it descends to a pump house, the lane from there is tarmac, easy walking on an even surface nice after a long day on the hill. At this point I wished I'd parked at Hartsop, I hadn't, so tired legs had to be dragged up a gentle slope to gain access to the footpath that guided me back to Deepdale Bridge.

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Rising high above Pasture Beck Bottom the Gray Crag Ridge.

Heading up the path to Boredale Hause with views across Patterdale to the head of Deepdale.

Looking to the head of Ullswater backed by Sheffield Pike, with the Dodds under cloud.

The scene over upper Patterdale, the mirrored surface of Brothers Water backed by Red Screes with High Hartsop Dodd in sunlight and shade.

Across the rippled surface of Angle Tarn, Cat Crag, on a cloudy skyline Fairfield and St Sunday Crag.

Dark against a cloud leaden sky Place Fell, seen from near the summit of Rest Dodd.

Looking south from the summit of Rest Dodd with the dark ridge of High Street across the skyline, to the far left the ridge leads to Rampsgill Head.

There may not be a path on this ridge but a little discomfort gets you views like this one down Martindale, with The Nab rising to the left. Red Dear roam these hills in vast numbers, bread in Martindale, sport for the upper classes, you may just be able to make out the orange roofed buildings in the woods far below, bungalows once used to house the shooting parties.

Also visible from this ridge, the formidable cliffs and shattered rock of Rampsgill Head.

From the cairn on Rampsgill Head views to High Raise.

The summit cairn on Kidsty Pike looking to High Street.

Viewing Kidsty Pike and the valley of Riggindale from above Twopenny Crag.

Laying under a dark cloud the bulk of Harter Fell seen from the trig point on High Street.

Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick seen from near the summit of High Street with Windermere Lake stretching to the south, on a clear day a stunning view.

Thornthwaite Beacon marks the head of four valleys, Pasture Bottom, Hayeswater, Kentmere and Troutbeck, for me it's the start of the Gray Crag Ridge.

High Street as seen from the sheep fold on Thornthwaite Crag.

Stunning views to the Helvellyn skyline, just across the valley looking rather small and insignificant from here Raven Crag, a scramblers paradise backed by Hartsop Dodd.

I'm sitting having a brew, every time I look up there's something to photograph, here we have a view the length of the Gray Crag Ridge.

This rather shapely cairn marks the summit of Gray Crag.

Brothers Water seen over the unforgiving slopes of High Hartsop Dodd with Hartsop in the trees far below.

Hayeswater and the western slopes of High Street.

Threshthwaite Mouth seen up Pasture Beck Bottom.

I've found a bench to rest my weary legs, a bench with a view, Red Screes, High Hartsop Dodd with the sylvan slopes of Hartsop above How falling into Brothers Water.

The cataracts and cascades of Angletarn Beck.

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