Top o' Selside - Route One

 

Start - High Nibthwaite SD 294 896 Distance - 4 miles Ascent - 1,110 feet Time - 2 hours : 40 minutes


 

 

The hamlet of High Nibthwaite on the east side of Coniston Water is the starting point for this walk
A short lane which starts from the telephone box leads up to a gate which gives access to the open fellside, this is the start of the old Parkamoor road
The path to High Bethecar turns off to the right from the information board
Looking back to High Nibthwaite from the start of the path to High Bethecar
The summit of Brock Barrow soon comes into view
Looking back to Beacon Fell above the foot of Coniston Water
Looking across the Crake Valley to Kirkby Moor and Great Burney with Allan Tarn in the right foreground
Brock Barrow is AW's "nameless summit" and he climbed it by the steep gully which rises right to left through the broken crags, an arduous ascent!
It is much easier to continue on the gentler path to High Bethecar and climb Brock Barrow from the rear
Looking back, Buck Barrow and Whit Fell appear on the horizon over the col between Wool Knott and Beacon Fell
Looking back to Great Burney and Blawith Knott with Black Combe on the right skyline
Where the High Bethecar begins to descend towards Caws Beck, another path turns off it and begins to climb the southern slopes of Brock Barrow
The path passes through a gap in the wall which almost encircles the summit of Brock Barrow
Black Combe over Blawith Knott from the climb to the summit of Brock Barrow
The summit cairn on Brock Barrow comes into view
The Coniston fells from the summit of Brock Barrow
The foot of Coniston Water from the summit of Brock Barrow
The middle reaches of Coniston Water from the summit of Brock Barrow
Allan Tarn from the cairn on Brock Barrow
The path continues on northwards towards a second cairn which is an even better viewpoint.
Approaching the second cairn which is set on a prominent knoll above a ruin
The next objective, the summit of Low Light Haw, from the ruin below the second cairn
The head of Coniston Water from the second cairn
The Dunnerdale fells, Caw and White Maiden
Looking back to the main cairn on Brock Barrow from the second cairn
Allan Tarn from the second cairn
The path to Low Light Haw
Looking over to Top o' Selside from the path to Low Light Haw
The summit cairn on Low Light Haw looking towards Arnsbarrow Hill
The Coniston Fells from the summit of Low Light Haw
Looking back to Brock Barrow from the summit of Low Light Haw
Looking south to the Leven Estuary
The next objective is High Light Haw seen here in the left middle distance between the summits of Top o' Selside and Arnsbarrow Hill
The summit cairn on High Light Haw
Looking back to Low Light Haw from the summit of High Light Haw
Coniston Water from the summit of High Light Haw
Top o' Selside from High Light Haw
Descending High Light Haw towards the old quarry
The Coniston fells from the old quarry on Bethecar Moor
Top o' Selside from Bethecar Moor
As AW pointed out, the approach to Top o' Selside over Bethecar Moor is "two miles of wilderness gymnastics in a tangle of bracken and heather"
Arnsbarrow Tarn from the slopes of Top o' Selside
The summit cairn on Top o' Selside comes into view
Arnsbarrow Tarn from the summit of Top o' Selside
The Coniston fells from the summit of Top o' Selside
Wetherlam, Helvellyn, Fairfield, Hart Crag and Dove Crag, with a distant Blencathra left of centre
The far eastern fells on the right over the Grizedale Forest.  The rock peak in the trees is Carron Crag, another of AW's Outlying Fells
Caw and White Maiden from the summit of Top o' Selside
This path leads down the western slopes of Top o' Selside and joins the Parkamoor Road where a left turn takes you back to High Nibthwaite
The head of Coniston Water from the Parkamoor Road

 

 

 

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