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Walker on High Street

Walker on High Street


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

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