|Our route for the day, about 10 miles|
|Cloud covered fell tops|
|Taking in the views|
Looking at all the cars parked in the small car park and down the side of the road at Mardale Head show's what a popular spot this is with walkers as there are quite a few routes up to the high fells that surround this wild area of the\Lake District. Despite all the cars, it is still relatively quiet as people make there way along the various paths and we only came across a handful of people. As we made our way round to Mardale head and the car park the terrain changes and you find yourself walking on the road as you can't get down to the path along this side of the shoreline. The path has been closed for sometime now so there remains about 4 mile or so of road walking. A bit hard after the ups and downs of the Western Shore path but there is the welcome break of the Hawsewater Hotel for a drink and toilet break halfway round. It's also a bit on the expensive side as well!!! You do get the added bonus of seeing the elusive Red Squirrel if your lucky. We did but Rufus the dog made sure he scurried off with his barking!
|Looking across to the cars parked at Mardale Head|
|Looking across to the Rigg, Riggindale Crags and surrounding fells|