The Lake District in winter on a cold sunny day is hard to beat. Although conditions can be more fickle in the Lakes, when they are good it is hard to beat!
The Haweswater valley offers the winter walker and climber a great day out. Park at the road end and start one of many walks. Head up and over Harter Fell after following the ancient pack horse route of Gatesgarth. The summit of Harter fell offers views down the Haweswater and Kentmere valleys. From the top you descend the North West ridge to the shelter on the Nan Bield Pass, another pack horse route. Descend back down to the start past Small Water.
Alternatively head up over Riggindale ridge, home of the Lake District’s only golden eagle. The ridge then steepens and narrows as it climbs Long Stile crag on to High Street Fell. From here you can either head round to Nan Bield Pass or head over Kidsty Pike and down its East ridge back down to Haweswater.
For those looking for some excitement Blea Water offers a range of winter climbing from grade II to IV. The classic of this crag is Blea Water Gill a Grade III, 2 star route.
Why not just explore this fascinating area by walking and picking your way up through broken crags up on to one of the summits as well as visiting Blea Water and Small Water?
No matter where you wander this part of the Lake District will not fail to impress you with great peaks to climb, stunning views and something to offer the walker and winter climber. So why not enjoy the winter wonderland that Haweswater can be?
Eden Outdoor Adventures can offer winter walking, snow shoeing and organise days out winter climbing.