Walk up High Stile

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I got the train to Penrith then the bus to Patterdale.  I then had about a three mile walk down the road to Sykeside Campsite.  Unfortunately I had to carry a really heavy rucksack and I did consider getting a taxi but ended up walking because I really didn’t want to have to pay for one.  After about 50 minutes walking I arrived as the sun was starting to go down.  Even in the dark putting up the tent was no problem and I was soon cooking myself some pasta, to which I added tinned mackerel.  A little mishap here as the pan fell off the camp stove spilling my al dente style pasta over the grass.  Never mind, a quick rinse under the tap and it was fine, if a little cold.  As there was nothing else to do and it was too dark to read I decided to go straight to bed so I would be nice and fresh for the walk the next day.

Brotherswater from Caudale Moor



I awoke at about 8:30 after a fairly cold night and had some cereal for breakfast.  One advantage of the cold is that I was able to bring milk with me and it stayed cold overnight.  I was walking by 9:45 with a daysack and plenty of layers of clothing - which came off almost straight away as the initial part of the walk up Caudale Moor was very steep.  From here it was an easy walk to Stony Cove Pike, which you can’t really miss as there is a great big pillar made out of slate on the top.

Waterfall along Hayswater Gill, just outside Hartsop.
  I stopped for a quick break and a sandwich then I continued on my way.  There was first some very steep descending over rocky terrain that required some hands on scrambling, and then there was a short but very steep section up to the bridleway of High Street.  It was easy walking along High Street and there were a fair few people about, including some fell runners and farmers with their sheep dogs.  From High Street it was only a very short walk to the top of  The Knott but when I was descending from The Knott the clouds had moved in and visibility had been reduced to about 20m at some points.  I wasn't too worried though, I knew that the path would be easy to follow.  The route back to the campsite down Hayswater Gill was generally very easy walking and I arrived back at the campsite at
13:30, just as it was starting to rain.

I completed the walk much quicker than I expected (3h 45 mins) and so had plenty of time at the campsite before it was time to eat.  I couldn't be bothered cooking again so I took a walk into Patterdale (1h 30 round trip) and had Steak Pie and chips in a cosy little pub.

Due to the low clouds there were no really spectacular views but it was still a nice walk all the same.

More details (maps, route etc.) and pictures of this walk can be found here.

sweetet says:
love the lake district...i have to go there again!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2008
mellemel8 says:
sounds relaxing. that all it matters. :)
Posted on: Sep 29, 2007
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Brotherswater from Caudale Moor
Brotherswater from Caudale Moor
Waterfall along Hayswater Gill, ju…
Waterfall along Hayswater Gill, j…
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