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High Street



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Height: 828m (2,717ft) GPS: NY 44078 11045 Walking Routes

High Street is a fell in the English Lake District. At 828 metres (2,718 ft), its summit is the highest point in the far eastern part of the national park. The fell is named after the Roman road which ran over the summit.

The River Kent, which flows south through the town of Kendal before emptying into Morecambe Bay has its source on High Street's southern slopes. Dropping 300 m in 40 km (1000 feet in 25 miles), the Kent was reputed to be the fastest flowing river in England up until the 1970's when, after a spate of severe flooding events to the town of Kendal and other river frontage sections led to the bed of the River Kent being lowered, it has also had two (known) separate schemes to widen the river in an attempt to reduce the impact of flooding upon the town.

High Street's eastern side is craggy and precipitous as it falls away towards Haweswater Reservoir. There are two tarns underneath the eastern crags Blea Water and Small Water. Blea Water stands in a classic mountain corrie and at 200 ft is the deepest tarn in the Lake District.

A wall follows the ridge over the flat summit, the highest point marked by an Ordnance Survey triangulation column which has been painted white. The view stretches from the Pennines in the east to a great arc of Lakeland hills filling the western horizon. The Helvellyn range and Southern Fells are particularly striking.

The best ascents of the fell can be undertaken from the east. The climb from Mardale is an exhilarating ridge walk with spectacular views down into Riggindale which may be supplemented by the sight of a Golden Eagle Riggindale has the only bird of this kind left in England, a solitary male, which has been on its own there since 2004.

High Street can also be climbed from Patterdale, Kentmere and Troutbeck: these are less interesting routes, although the walk from Troutbeck does follow the line of the Roman road.

The full south to north traverse of the High Street ridge from Ings near Windermere to the Eamont valley at the northern end of Ullswater is a tough 30 kilometre hike over twelve summits, and should only be undertaken by experienced walkers.

Walking routes near High Street


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