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Walk down High Street a real mountain hike

Posted 3 September 2010
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Walk down High Street a real mountain hike
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Those who like to go walking in the Lake District may consider High Street to have one of the most curious names of any fell, with no sign of any cars or shops up on its grassy summit.

However, this is part of a walk that is being run by rangers from the national park authority on September 25th as part of the Ullswater Outdoor Festival.

The name actually refers to the whole ridge along which a Roman road once ran all the way from Troutbeck to beyond Pooley Bridge, the location at the north end of Ullswater where the trek begins at 09:30 BST.

Hiking boots are listed as essential and the trek lasts for 6.5 hours, covering 9.4 miles.

The route starts with a boat cruise to Howtown on Ullswater's east shore before ascents of Pikeawassa and Wether Hill, followed by a return walk down the High Street ridge.

High Street stands 2,718 ft high and those keen to enjoy the view can take a short walk east from its summit and get a lofty vantage point down on Blea Water, the deepest tarn in the national park at 207 ft.

Posted by Elaine Arthur