Riggindale Horseshoe

Riggindale Horseshoe

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Riggindale Horseshoe

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 5th June 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 8.0 miles

Weather: drizzle and rain to start, clearing later on

I parked at the head of Haweswater, not a lake but a reservoir, created in 1929 when a dam was built to raise the level of the original lake, drowning two villages in the process. The reservoir now supplies a quarter of the water supply of the North West

As I drove along the shore I could see the whole round at a glance and it seemed that all the tops I was heading for were clear, so it was game on and no need to resort to my low level alternative of walking round the lake

A long ridge leads to the first fell on the Riggindale Horseshoe round – High Street – but when I was half way up the mist came down and it started to rain quite heavily, to the extent that I considered abandoning the walk. I dithered around for a while weighing up the pros and cons and in the end decided to soldier on, hoping it would clear. Luckily it did, though High Street was still in the mist when I finally reached the end of the ridge. I walked along the Straits of Riggindale, keeping a look out for England’s only resident golden eagle who has lived here since 2001 and is looking for a mate. He didn’t make an appearance today

The next fells in order of appearance were The Knott (which wasn’t on my planned route but was so close that it seemed rude not to pay a visit), Rampsgill Head and finally Kidsty Pike. The weather cleared up towards the end and it was a pleasant descent back to the start

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