Walk up High Street from Patterdale and Glenridding
Route Summary: A long, rewarding journey along High Street’s northern ridge
A long, rewarding journey along High Street’s northern ridge
|8.89 km||825 m||2 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Patterdale Village - High Street summit
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Walk up High Street from Patterdale and Glenridding Details
Patterdale is perhaps the most common starting point for people climbing High Street as it’s the most populated valley in the vicinity and the easiest to get to by car or public transport. While many opt for Helvellyn, you can seek some quieter walking in the fells to the east of the valley.
There are some fantastic views on this walk which traverses the extensive north ridge of High Street, crossing the heads of a number of remote, glacial valleys.
High Street from Patterdale Route Description
1 – From the car park in Patterdale, take a right onto the A592 (heading northwest) and follow it a short distance to Patterdale C of E School. Pass the school and keep an eye out for a signpost directing you to Side Farm. The track to the farm passes down the left side of the George Starkey Hut, a stone cottage set back from the road. The name is etched into a slate plinth above the door. If you reach the church on the A592, you’ve gone too far.
2 – Follow the farm track across Goldrill Beck to Side Farm. Pass through the yard of the farm (where a tea stop can be taken) and through a gate before turning left and then almost immediately right onto a path which follows a drystone wall up above the farm. This short path joins to an extensive bridleway which links Hartsop in the south to Sandwick in Martindale.
3 – After joining the bridleway, follow it in a south-easterly direction as it starts the climb the fellside. Bear to the left of a stand of trees and begin climbing to reach the 400m high Boredale Hause, an important meeting place for paths crossing between Patterdale and Martindale. You can find the remains of a chapel here, hence why the OS map is marked ‘Chapel in the Hause’.
4 – From the hause, follow the path south-southeast along Stonebarrow Gill, climbing gradually alongside the shallow valley. The path rounds the head of Dubhow Beck, below Stony Rigg, where you can leave it to climb Angletarn Pikes, a rocky outcrop consisting of two almost identical peaks. The South Top (just 2m lower than the main summit) provides a fine view of Angle Tarn and the route ahead.
5 – From Angletarn Pikes, you can follow a feint path to the right of the tarn, through a wall next to the outflow from the tarn and over Cat Crag to reach the summit of Brock Crags. The path the left of the tarn heads to the rim of Bannerdale and Buck Crag. Both paths meet again at Satura Crag below the western slopes of Rest Dodd.
6 – Again, Rest Dodd is an objective but adds an additional 100m of ascent and descent, otherwise keep to the main path as it follows the line of a drystone wall. In the valley below is Hayeswater, a natural lake that was once a reservoir – the water company removed the dam in 2014. The path leaves the wall as it starts to climb The Knott.
7 – Before reaching The Knott’s summit, the path joins a bridleway rising from the valley below and makes a slightly circuitous route up the north side of the fell. Reaching the summit does require the briefest of diversions but it would be rude not to pay a visit. This area of high ground is also home to Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike – both are worthy objectives considering their close proximity.
8 – The bridleway joins the Roman Road at the Straits of Riggindale, a narrowing of High Street’s north ridge. Don’t be alarmed though, the narrowest point of this ridge is still fairly wide and a wall runs across the top. The views down into Riggindale are excellent. From the Straits of Riggindale it’s an easy climb of around a mile to High Street’s summit – following the drystone wall. If you remain on the Roman Road, this will pass below and to the west of the summit so a diversion will be required.