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Branstree & Selside Pike

Branstree & Selside Pike


Postby Phooooey » Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:54 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Branstree, Selside Pike

Hewitts included on this walk: Branstree, Selside Pike

Date walked: 12/11/2011

Time taken: 2.9

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 617m

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Haweswater Car Park - Gatescarth Pass - Branstree - Selside Pike - Old Corpse Road - Car Park

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From the Head of Haweswater (lucky to get a parking spot this afternoon) we headed up the Gatescarth Beck past the waterfalls and up onto the Pass. Here we turned left to follow the fence upto the summit of Branstree. Half way up this last section the mist came down but the fence made navigation easy.

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Haweswater Head from Gatescarth Pass

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Path up to Gatescarth Pass

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View north from climb up Branstree


Damson decided that the summit cairn circle on the floor looked like a dog bowl and fancied a drink at this point. We then tracked down the hill following the large cairns and round to the Branstree Pillar.

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Haweswater & Selside Pike from Branstree summit

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Damson at Branstree Cairn

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Haweswater from Branstree Pillar

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Damson at Branstree Pillar


We headed between the tarns and up onto the next lump before a clear path across to Selside Pike was found.

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Damson at Tarns

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Damson in shelter at Selside Pike summit


A trek down the opposite flank of Selside led to the Old Corpse Road leading us back to the lake heading for the head of the Rigg and providing some lovely panoramic shots of the reservoir.

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Haweswater panorama from Old Corpse Road

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Old stone building on Old Corpse Road

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Haweswater from roadside


The weather could have been better but we got away without any rain and little wind & Haweswater looks lovely nearly all year round. Damson enjoyed the wide open spaces to have a run around.
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Re: Branstree & Selside Pike

Postby L-Hiking » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:47 pm

A few weeks ago after circuiting High St , Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell , my mates and I decided to knock Branstree off our list.

What a boring old slog to the top of the fell, I would never have gone up there if not for AW :lol: :lol:
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Re: Branstree & Selside Pike

Postby Phooooey » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:31 pm

I've been up better, but heading as I did from Haweswater and in particular the decsent down the Old Corpse Road gave some great views over the reservoir which is as good a reason as any to at least visit the area.
The tops are a bit bland which I suppose is why somebody built a pillar and some fairly impressive cairns there to entice you up ... :lol:
I did High St etc. as part of the Kentmere Horseshoe earlier in the year in much better conditions. 99 to go now so just got to my double figures left.
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Re: Branstree & Selside Pike

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:19 pm

Luvhiking wrote:A few weeks ago after circuiting High St , Mardale Ill Bell and Harter Fell , my mates and I decided to knock Branstree off our list.

What a boring old slog to the top of the fell, I would never have gone up there if not for AW :lol: :lol:


Did the same thing. Wouldn't have been so bad if the dog hadn't found something truly foul smelling to roll himself in. Two hours home with a dog smelling of sh**e. :sick:
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