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Walker on High Street


    Walking Route


    Cumbria Tourism


    Ullswater Valley,


    The walk around Deepdale's skyline crest, taking in all its summits, is a rather surprising walk. In terms of distance it's not particularly long and in terms of height its summits are by no means
    highest in the Lake District, but for out and out mountain feel, it packs one hell of a punch. This
    is due to the extreme steepness of its surrounding slopes. They fall away in dramatic sweeps
    on all sides. Some crag bound and made up of great buttresses and gullies and others long
    uninterrupted slopes of scree and rough vegetation. This all round steepness gives the crest a
    great degree of exposure and loftiness that seems to lift it high above the level of the
    neighbouring mountains. This is just a trick of perspective of course, but this trick is what gives
    the walk its character.

    The path around the horseshoe is easy enough to follow; the only things that might bother you
    are a couple of rock steps; one on the approach to Fairfield, and one on the descent from Hart
    Crag. To overcome them they require the right route selection and the odd use of hands but
    the correct route is easy enough to spot on the ground and once committed to them you will
    barely give them a second thought. The route is described in an anti-clockwise direction
    starting at Bridgend just down the road from Patterdale. The advantage of doing it in this
    direction is that you get the steep slopes of St Sunday tackled in ascent leaving the long easy
    ridge of Hartsop above How for the descent.

    Duration: 6 - 7 hours

    Miles: 8



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    Map reference: NY 437210  Lat: 54.58104 Long: -2.87255