High Street by Mardale Ill Bell

The summit of High Street on the eastern edge of the Lakeland fells is an entirely unremarkable spot. In the clag, it might be described as miss-able, literally so often enough, there being only two features of significance and both man made - the trig point and the wall. But on a clear evening, it provides a grandstand view of the central fells equaled only by the views from Grassmoor or perhaps Esk Pike. 
And despite the featureless nature of the summit, approaching via Small water and Nan Bield gives a fell run which though short overall provides one of the best descents in the area, via the long ridge of Riggindale.
The only level section of the ascent, approaching Small Water...
...lit by a shaft of sunlight moments later approaching the col above.
The climb continues after Nan Bield but soon eases with long views to the western fells beneath dramatic skies.
I detoured from the ridge to look down onto Hayeswater (to the west, rather than Haweswater to the east of the ridge), before making a beeline for the trig point.
This was the view I had come for - Fairfield beyond Gray Crag and Hartsop Dodd, Great Gable the unmistakable summit in the distance, left of frame.
The crags of Kidsty Pike, lit briefly by the sun and looking promising for a route or three - worth investigating perhaps, I've yet to consult the book.
And this the descent that made the effort going up worthwhile - dropping to the first minor col before a steeper section on which some care is required if taken at any kind of speed. To the left is the valley of Riggindale, home to England's last golden eagle - so far there have been no sightings this year.
Looking down on Blea Water - one of four tarns in the Lakes of this name, this the deepest I believe - before putting the camera away and enjoying the last few miles without interruption. Not bad for a short evening after work. One week later and the fells are white once again.

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