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09 07 2018 - Branstree and Selside Pike with Richard


It was another fine and sunny day as we drove to Mardale Head for the start of this walk. The reservoir was very low after the hot start to summer and lots of people were wandering around the usually submerged walls of the old village. We set off towards Gatescarth Pass and clambered over Branstree to Selside Pike via High Howse before returning to Mardale Head via the Corpse Road. The views on the final descent were stunning. I was a little surprised to see from the photographs how extensive the cloud cover was. 


A lack of water at Mardale Head with Rough Crag in the background


Looking back to Mardale Head as we start the climb towards Gatescarth Pass


Mardale Ill Bell and High Street


Approaching Gatescarth Pass


Looking back to Harter Fell from the path up Branstree


The view towards Longsleddale with Tarn Crag to the left and Goats Crag to the right


The fence meets the wall near the summit


The sunken trig point at Branstree's summit looking towards High Street


The summit again with Selside Pike beyond


The higher cairn on Artlecrag Pike


Towards Selside Pike with the lower cairn in the distance


At the lower cairn


A glimpse of Haweswater


High Howse on the right and Selside Pike to the left


Survey post built by Manchester corporation during the construction of the reservoir


The small tarn below High Howse with High Raise on the skyline


Close up on the Straights of Riggindale with Helvellyn and Catstycam in the distance


On High Howse


Towards Selside Pike


Selside Pike summit with its substantial cairn-cum-shelter


The view into Swindale


Along the corpse road


Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, High Street and Rough Crag from the corpse road


Poppy above Mardale Head


Towards Mardale Head