17th August 2005

Green Crag to Hard Knott after a long dry spell.


Walk Overview
Time 12.15 to 17.10
Duration 4 hr 55 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 3609 ft
Walking with On my own
Woolpack Inn Eskdale - Low Birker Tarn - Green Crag - Harter Fell - Hardknott Pass - Border End - Hard Knott - Hardknott Pass - Woolpack Inn Eskdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Woolpack Inn, Eskdale

Although this isn't really a public car park the owners seem to be happy enough to allow walkers to park here. I think the accepted rule is, if you do use the car park call in afterwards for a drink or something to eat.


Route Map

From the zigzag path up to the Low Birker Pool area, looking down to Eskdale with Hardknot Pass, Border End / Hard Knott, Crinkle Crags and Bow fell in the distance
It was just the way it turned out, but this was my third walk in a row in this area. So today I thought I'd do a walk that included the direct route between Green Crag and Harter Fell. The short walk between Long Crag and the start of Harter Fell cuts across an area which is normally very wet and boggy. Not an area I'd go on my own, unless we'd had a long dry spell.

An old peat hut found a little further along the path.

Low Birker Tarn.

Foxbield Moss. Another very wet area indeed, not a good place to wander around during low cloud.

Harter Fell seen from the level area between Green Crag and The Pike.
The route I took from here followed a straight line to the right hand side of the rocky area in the middle of the picture. Then, as straight as I could manage, headed for the point just to the right of the wall that can be seen running straight up Harter Fell (left side of the summit).

Walking through the peat hags between Green Crag and Harter Fell.

Harter Fell summit.

Just below Harter Fell and lunch with a view.

Looking down to Wrynose Bottom from the route up to Border end / Hard Knott.

Zooming in on Slight Side, Scafell and Scafell Pike from Border End.

The rocky area around Hard Knott looking very bright in the afternoon sunshine.

Wet Side Edge, Great Carrs and Grey Friar from one of the small tarns on the Hard Knott ridge.

Just below the steepest of the hairpin bends on Hardknott Pass. Notice all the tyre marks on the road.

From the bottom of Hardknott Pass looking along a very dry Hardknott Gill towards Brotherilkeld Farm. Bow Fell is the pointed fell on the right.

Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags from the walk through part of Eskdale Valley.

Wha House Farm with Harter Fell behind.
A perfect summers afternoon.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks