High Street

  • High Street - © Flickr user John Clift
  • © Flickr user Louise Ireland
  • First part of our route up High Street - © flickr user Rick Johnson
  • High Street - © Flickr user Rogerio da Silva
  • High Street - © Flickr user Rogerio da Silva
  • © Flickr user Simon Collison
  • High Street Summit - © Flickr user Louise Ireland
  • High Street from Dollywaggon Pike - © William Mackesy
  • High Street from above patterdale - © William Mackesy

Key information: High Street

    • The great north-south ridge of High Street is one of Lakeland's most interesting places; 10km of pretty level ridge (once you are there), often narrow with dramatic slopes falling away each side. A Roman road previously ran along the ridge.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty31.5
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest12
  • Charisma31.5
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating90

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: 828m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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High Street - © Flickr user Rogerio da Silva

WALK SUMMARY

The great north-south ridge of High Street is one of Lakeland's most interesting places; 10km of pretty level ridge (once you are there), often narrow with dramatic slopes falling away each side. A Roman road previously ran along the ridge.

The High street ridge screens Ullswater/Patterdale and the rest of the Lakes from the lower country (and M6 motorway) to the east.

High Street is approachable from Ullswater/Patterdale to the west, and from Shap/Brampton to the east. There isn't a whole heap of remains of the Roman road to be seen, but imagining the legionaries and other travellers trudging this high, lonely ridge is intensely romantic.

We strongly recommend you don't just 'bag' High Street and leave: walk the ridge on the course of the Roman road, perhaps creating a circuit while you are at it.

From Patterdale you wind up the hillside, on the Coast to Coast path to Boredale Hause and then along side-ridges via Angle Tam to The Knott and on to High Street itself. It is really wonderful walking with endlessly changing views.

There are a number of ways of approaching High Street from the Shap/Bampton side, including the shortest route of all, from the head of Haweswater Reservoir.

The top can be featureless in cloud, so take care in bad weather.

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High Street Summit - © Flickr user Louise Ireland

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High Street from Dollywaggon Pike - © William Mackesy...
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