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Martindale, Rest Dodd, Rampsgill Head, High Raise, Cumbria.
[15.7 km]  Wed 15 Jan 2020

Lat/Long: 54.557572, -02.876566
OS Grid Ref: NY 43409 18390
The drive north along the M6 was rather windy. After Pooley Bridge I drove along the lane by the east side of Ullswater and was surprised how much standing water there was. At Howtown there was a section of flooded road but I managed to get through OK. Over the Hause I descended to St Martin’s Church and parked on the narrow hardstanding by the road.

'The Bungalow' was formerly a shooting lodge built in 1910 by Hugh Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale for the visiting German Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria. He was the last German Emperor.
It was still very windy with some rain. So I set off in full waterproofs. Part of my route is over Rampsgill Head and I could see it up ahead covered in snow. I followed the lane south towards Dale Head then left through the gate towards the red roofed Bungalow on the far side of the valley. I didn’t have time to investigate The Bungalow but I had a look at a similar green corrugated iron clad building by the bridge. It was for accommodation but that part was locked. Another door was unlocked and I had a look inside where there was an interesting old tractor. I returned to my planned route along the bottom of Ramps Gill which was very wet underfoot. The map shows a faint path going diagonally up the east side of The Nab.
Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941)

Looking through the window


Building below the Bungalow.
It was very indistinct in places and also steep and exposed. Before reaching the summit I stopped to eat my sandwiches and the wind was very strong and this was the only shelter I’d find. I was right and as I crossed the very boggy ground towards Rest Dodd it was vey difficult to keep upright. There was a walker coming the other way and he was also being battered by the wind. I came to the first snow as I climbed steeply up to Rest Dodd.
Rest Dodd.
Over the summit I dropped steeply down to the saddle with views of the imposing snow covered “The Knott” ahead. The snow wasn’t deep but still difficult to negotiate. It was a steady and strength sapping trudge up towards Rampsgill Head and the wind was so strong I was blown off my feet a couple of times. It was a strong southerly wind so I kept well away from the edge of the gully head.
Looking down from Rampsgill Head.

Gate on High Street.

Men at work ahead.
I could see Kidsty Pike in the distance as I walked round to head north towards High Raise. In the area called Raven Howe I was puzzled by some tracks of a caterpillar tracked vehicle on the snow. I’d just passed a snowed up road sign for men at work but nothing was to be seen. Approaching the saddle at Keasgill Head I saw two tracked vehicles working and digging but I couldn’t figure what they were doing.
Tracks in the snow

Machines on High Street.

Machine on High Street.
I spoke to one driver who said they were doing work to protect the peat and digging bunds to prevent erosion. They’d been digging in the area since August. I set off down on the descent of Mere Beck towards Gowk Hill. I continued along Brownthwaite Crag and left the path as I wanted to descend to the old miners track through Martindale Forest. I forgotten how steep it was and had a very difficult time negotiating the mix of wet grass and loose rocks. The last time I was here I climbed out of the valley and didn’t have much of a problem.
Looking down on 'The Bungalow'

I missed the track and descended too far so had to follow a deer fence back up to the track. I’d also overshot the site of the old cave and quarry so had to miss it out of my walk. The track was extremely wet for the last km back to St Martin’s Church and my car.

St Martin's

St Matin's today Wed 15th Jan 2020

St Martin's 14th Jun 2017.
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