Selside Pike | Branstree
Date: 27th March 2018 Distance: 10.2km (6.33 Miles) Parking: Roadside in Little Langdale
Start Location: Mardale Head Ascent (m/ft): 634m (2080ft) Weather:


Time Started: 12:10 Highest Point: Branstree (713m/2339ft) Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 Hours 44 Minutes        
Route: Mardale Head - Mardale Road - High Loup - Brown Howe (529m/1736ft) - Old Corpse Road - Selside End - Selside Pike (655m/2149ft) - Branstree North East Top (673m/2208ft) - Pillar - Branstree (713m/2339ft) - Gatescarth Pass - Mardale Head

Having just arrived in the Lake District again for a short visit I thought I would do a walk in the far eastern area as I was already approaching from this side. I had never been to Mardale Head so this was the target and the two fells that overlook this beautiful valley; Branstree and Selside Pike.

The weather was set to be realtively dry with passing showers. Thankfully it remained dry for most of the walk until I got to the summit of Branstree where the heavens opened for roughly half an hour until I got down to Gatesgarth Pass where it began to improve again.

Haweswater from the start of the walk at Mardale Head. This is my first ever visit to Mardale and wow is it spectacular.

Views back to Harter Fell and Mardale Ill Bell.

Zooming in on Mardale Ill Bell.

Part of the ridge leading up to Rough Crag.

Looking across Haweswater to Kidsty Pike.

A spectacular view of Mardale Head from the road.

A long distance view up Riggindale.

A signpost pointing the way.

Breathtaking views of Mardale Head.

Old mining buildings I think at High Loup near Rowantreethwaite Fell.

They must have enjoyed the view from here.

The view just keeps getting better!

Time to leave the view behind and head to Brown Howe.

Brown How summit cairn.

And again looking towards High Street.

5 Deer seen from Brown Howe.

Large patches of snow still about. Behind is Selside Pike.

Brown Howe.

Swindale. Last time I was up here I started from that valley.

The ancient cairn on Selside Pike.

Now converted into a shelter.

The intermittent showers creating rainbows and a long distance view to the Eden Valley.

This cairn marks the summit of a Birkett Fell on the north east top of Branstree.

And looking back to Selside Pike.

Following the path between two tarns and up to the pillar.

The pillar on Branstree.

Branstree Summit with Selside pike in the far distance.

And again with Harter Fell behind this time.

Harter Fell.

I rejoined the path at Gatesgarth Pass and followed it all the way back down to the car park at Mardale Head.