Our first experience of Haweswater came with a hike around the Kentmere Horseshoe. We were blessed with rather lovely weather but as we approached High Street Steve started to feel unwell. By the time we got to Mardale Ill Bell he was white and shaking so we curtailed the walk and dropped back down to Kentmere as quickly as we could and hightailed it back to the car.
Our second experience is recounted elsewhere in this blog and involved us setting out to walk around Haweswater on a gloriously clear and sunny day, so clear and sunny in fact that we opted not to take our waterproofs with us. When we reached the far side of the lake the clouds arrived en masse and it poured down. We arrived back at the car soaked to the skin and truly penitent.
|The route as seen from Harter Fell. Looks simple enough...|
Our third experience with Haweswater was yesterday when a fairly straightforward 4 - 5 hour hike turned into a 7 hour battle against the elements and resulted in us navigating over High Street in the dark, rain and mist before finally making it back to the car at 9:45pm. It might be helpful if you have a map handy for this, unless you know the area particularly well, as we now do.
It all started at around 1:30pm at the car park at the top of Haweswater, our plan was simple; to hike around Riggindale, going up via Rough Crag, along High Street and then back via Kidsty Pike. We reckoned we had 5.5 hours of daylight and a little dusk to play with so no worries. The route up was amazing, definitely one of my favourite hikes to date, a steady climb with a little scrambling and loads of amazing scenery. I did become distracted by rabbit pooh on a few occasions though as it's something I feel I need to understand more about. My concern is this, rabbit pooh tends to appear in vast piles of pellets, but why? Does one rabbit eject half its bodyweight in pooh in one go? Is there communal poohing? Do they return to the same spot again and again? Is it their version of a cairn designed to help them navigate on the fells? Or are the Wombles also at large on the fells, sweeping it all into large piles to collect later? If you have answers please let me know...
|The mist descends...|
|Haweswater. Stunning but malevolent|
And lastly we learned that Haweswater really does hate us and, given the evidence above, you must admit I have a good argument for that? The prosecution rests m'lud.