|Just to get me into the
right mood, you can't park near the head of Swindale, where the walk
starts, so there's a 2-mile slog along a surfaced road to start
with. I hate walking along roads - it's something from my
But at least you get this view of the valley!
|You go up the right hand
side of the valley and turn left to reach the top of Selside
Pike. A large cairn in the midst of acres of grass...
No view from here.
|Haweswater is visible from
further along the path to Branstree.
|This impressive cairn, one
of two, marks the top of Artlecrag Pike, which is certainly the most
interesting point at the top of Branstree, which is marked by...
|this OS curiosity.
Again, no views. On reflection, I should have walked a few hundred yards west, over flat moorland, to look down into Mardale and the head of Haweswater. But I didn't...
|Instead, I took these
photos of the dogs, who weren't interested in views, or the lack of.
not always smiling...
last, a view! Of Morecambe Bay in the far distance, beyond
south and looking across to Harter Fell, with the highly visible path
up from Longsleddale on the left.
the top of Tarn Crag you have this construction which, according to AW,
is a survey post for the construction of the tunnel from Haweswater to
Manchester. There's another one on the line of the tunnel down
Longsleddale. They didn't go in for half measures, these
This (human) couple who, like me, were "off-comers" to the Lake District but living in Cockermouth, provided good company on the rather tedious trek from Branstree to Tarn Crag
across Longsleddale towards the eastern side of the Kentmere Horseshoe.
down into Longsleddale. I recently met an old school acquaintance
who told me he had moved to this lovely valley, Ah, I thought, a
possible walking partner! "Oh," said he "I don't walk, it's just
somewhere nice to live". Takes all sorts...
Tarn Crag you cut across down and up to Grey Crag, about which I can
find nothing to say.
we are heading back, via one of the many Mosedales. This is the
view north, with Mosedale out of sight below us and Haweswater in the
is the valley, which feeds down into Swindale, seen in the background.
head of Swindale. This would be a far more interesting way to
climb Selside Pike, up on the right, but we didn't know that at the
moraine hummocks at the head of Swindale. Very similar to
Trusmadoor, back o' Skiddaw.
Beck coming down into Swindale.
at them horns! By far the most spectacular thing we saw all
On our two-mile traipse down the Swindale road, I became quite intrigued by the ridge on the other, eastern side of the valley. It is about 3-4 miles long and 1000ft in height, with lots of up, downs and craggy bits, and seemed to offer the prospect of a pleasant and varied walk for the less ambitious soul. Well worth a visit, I would think.