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
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
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.