The other Borrowdale

The other Borrowdale. The Crookdale fells are the three on the right.

Summits: Three in the chapter: Lord’s Seat (1719‘), Robin Hood (1613‘) and High House Bank (1627’).

Volume: Book 8 (The Outlying Fells). The summits also appear in one of the lines of ascent to Grey Crag in volume 2.

Date bagged: Firstvisit : 13th October 2015 (walk 102). Second visit: 20th September 2019 (walk 169).

High House Bank

High House Bank, seen from Robin Hood

Bagged as numbers: First round: 326-328 of the 330 (Lord’s Seat first). Two to go! [ << Seat Robert (321-5)  (329-330) Flat Fell and Dent >> ]

Second round: 215-217 of 330 (High House Bank first). [ << Whatshaw Common (Wasdale Horseshoe) (214)  (218-9) Little and Great Yarlside (Wasdale Horseshoe) >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Came down to the ridge from Harrop Pike, having previously done the fells in the Seat Robert chapter. Descended down to the road as described in Wainwright, but then had to walk back to Burneside, which was 2.5 hours and about 7 miles away.

Crookdale

View of Crookdale. Robin Hood prominent, Whatshaw Common rising to the right

Second visit: Came across Crookdale Beck from the Yarlside ridge opposite, climbing High House Bank first; crossed back over the beck (gingerly) after Lord’s Seat and went back up Little Yarlside.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 255 of volume 8): “Crookdale Beck pursues a sinuous course of loops and bends from its headwaters on Grey Crag to its emergence from the shallow valley it has carved, and nowhere in the five mile journey occur any features worth of mention…. All is grass, and most of it is wet grass. Yet Crookdale has a certain beauty, the beauty of desolation…

“The south side is a… ridge of three summits with gentle gradients, providing simple walking and a survey of the valleys on either side…”

Crookdale

Crookdale, with High House Bank behind, from Little Yarlside (walk 80)

What I say: This is a decent ridge. Lord’s Seat and Robin Hood are fairly standard bumps, but High House Bank has a more impressive profile; if it were situated near Sty Head no-one would notice it particularly but here it stands out. It’s grassy, but easily the most attractive top in the region. There are also good views of the two valleys, as noted above, but also of the main A6 and a hefty line of electricity pylons. And these fells are a very, very long way from anywhere that you can reach by public transport, or ever have been able to reach. Worth a visit for sure, but it’ll need to be a well-planned visit.

It’s a pretty close thing with Whatshaw Common (from the Wasdale Horseshoe chapter), but High House Bank has a good case to be listed as the most easterly Wainwright.

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