7th September 2004

A long walk from Hartsop Above How to Middle Dodd - and everything in between.


Walk Overview
Time 07.30 to 14.45
Duration 7 hr 15 min
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent 4075 ft
Walking with On my own
Hartsop Above How - Hart Crag - Dove Crag - High Bakestones - Little Hart Crag - High Hartsop Dodd - Scandale Tarn - Red Screes - Red Screes Tarn - Middle Dodd - Brothers Water
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Cow Bridge, Hartsop

Found within easy reach of the beautiful Brothers Water, and Dovedale, the car park at Cow Bridge is a popular place for those who are looking for an easy stroll through picturesque countryside. Those who are looking for a longer day on the higher fells will also find this a great place to begin a walk. The more inventive fell walker will find this a great place to devise less obvious but thoroughly enjoyable routes.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Looking across to Place Fell from near the start of the Hartsop above How ridge.
It wasn't even 8am when I took this picture, but already it was very hot. We haven't had many days this summer where I've managed to walk in unbroken sunshine all day, but this turned out to be one of those days. Perfect for walking the fells.

Hartsop above How with Dove Crag and Hart Crag behind.
This is quite an easy ridge as far as steep up hill walking goes. Unfortunately when you can say that about a ridge, it usually feels as though it just keeps going on for ever.

And again from the Hartsop above How summit

Looking back down to Hartsop above How from the start of the steep climb up to Hart Crag.
It was here that I realised that I hadn't got a parking ticket for the car and I couldn't even remember if the car park was a pay and display or not. It turned out not to be, but it certainly gave me something to think about for a little while.

The Coniston fells from Hart Crag summit with Rydal Fell running across the middle of the picture.

Dove Crag summit.
A little further on from here I turned left and started to follow the direct path to Little Hart Crag. Then I cut across open fellside and down to High Bakestones.

The large cairn on High Bakestones. Not one of the major summits, but well worth a visit.

Little Hart Crag summit.

The small un-named tarn between Little Hart Crag's two summits.

Little Hart Crags other top.
From here I dropped down to the path that leads across to High Hartsop Dodd. This is only a short de-tour across an easy grassy ridge, but well worth the little effort required, for the excellent views down to Brothers Water.

High Hartsop Dodd summit.

Scandale Tarn.
Last time I was here the tarn was frozen solid and the narrow end of the tarn was packed with drifted snow. The wind was blowing straight up through Scandale and it was very cold even for the fells. Quite a bit different from today. I sat on the other side of the wall that's running through the picture, for something to eat, but ended up moving because the sun got too hot when I sat in one place for too long.

From the path up to Red Screes looking across to Little Hart Crag (front right) and Dove Crag (center). The fell in the background (middle) is Helvellyn. St Sunday Crag is the large fell back right of the picture.
The path up to Red Screes if very steep in places, but at least this is the last up hill section on the walk.

Red Screes Tarn.

Red Screes summit with Middle Dodd, Brothers Water and the Ullswater Fells behind.

Middle Dodd from the route off Red Screes.

Middle Dodd summit with Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Hart Crag and the Helvellyn Fells in the background.

Brothers Water with Place Fell and Angle Tarn Pikes from the route off Middle Dodd.
The path off Middle Dodd is very steep and taking into account the five and a half hours I'd already been walking, no wonder my legs kept crying out for a rest.

Place Fell and Angle Tarn Pikes from Ciaston Beck.
From here I followed the Scandale Pass path down to Hartsop Hall then took the path alongside Brothers Water back to the car park.

Brothers Water.

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Lake District Walks