Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Branstree and Selside Pike

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 10th July 2013

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and James

Distance: 6.4 miles

Ascent: 1,800 feet

We parked at Mardale Head, at the far end of Haweswater. There used to be a village here but in 1935 it was submerged to form a reservoir to meet the needs of Manchester. The lake now supplies a quarter of the water used in the north west

We walked up along the side of Gatesgarth Beck to reach the pass. There then followed a dull trudge up the grassy slopes of Branstree. From the top the views were poor, as it was overcast and hazy

We walked over to the summit of Selside Pike along an easy path, through remote country. The scenery was lacking in spectacular features but there was a real wilderness feeling to it

It was an easy return the Mardale Head via the Old Corpse Road and the road along the shore of Haweswater

The weather had been indifferent but we’d still had a really enjoyable time

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