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2007 03 21 - Branstree, High Howes and Selside Pike.

I started from Mardale Head and climbed up to Gatescarth Pass before heading over Branstree to High Howes and Selside Pike. I descended via the Old Corpse Road. It was a superb day with excellent weather and almost perfect visibility. There was sunshine throughout the walk and no wind. Although the tops were frozen it wasn't cold and the snow gave added drama to the views. There was a powerful feeling of peacefulness. High Howes isn't named on OS maps but at 2208ft is Higher than Selside Pike's 2149ft.

 

Riggindale from near Mardale Head

 

Harter Fell

 

High Street from the path towards Gatescarth Pass

 

Harter Fell's crags

 

Looking back from near the top of the pass

 

 Tarn Crag from the path up Branstree

 

Goat Scar

 

Looking towards the Pennines from near Branstree's summit

 

Branstree's summit looking towards Selside Pike

 

Haweswater Reservoir

 

High Street and a glimpse of Blea Water from Branstree

 

And Harter Fell again

 

The cairns of Artlecrag Pike

 

The survey post standing between Branstree and High Howes

 

Looking towards High Raise in the middle distance

 

The small cairn on High Howes' summit with Helvellyn in the distance on the left and Catstycam peeking over the Straits of Riggindale

 

Looking towards Selside Pike from High Howes

 

The shelter on Selside Pike

 

Kidsty Pike from the Old Corpse Road

 

And looking towards Mardale Head and the Nan Bield Pass

 

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