9th November 2005

Double rainbows on the Dovedale skyline


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 6.9 mile
Ascent 2766 ft
Walking with On my own
Cow Bridge - Hartsop Above How - Hart Crag - Dove Crag - Bakestones Moss - Little Hart Crag - High Hartsop Dodd - Brothers Water - Cow Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

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

The first half of today's walk was done in sunshine and heavy showers with the conditions switching quickly from one extreme to another. When the sun was shining everything was so clear, but when a shower was in full force it was as though someone had "knocked the light off". This picture was taken just about at the point where I joined the Hartsop Above How ridge and a couple of minutes later I was crouching down behind the wall (on the left) trying to keep dry as the first of the showers reached me.

Dramatic sunlight on Kirkstone Pass and Kirkstone Beck.

Looking back down the Hartsop Above How ridge with the Far Eastern fells behind. This is a long undulating ridge which seems to last forever, but by the time you reach the point at which I took this picture you're all ready at over 2000ft. A very enjoyable and quite an easy way to gain a lot of height.

Hart Crag summit looking across to Rydal Head and Fairfield.

Some of the Far Eastern fells from the fellside between Hart Crag and Dove Crag Just before I was caught in a hail shower.

Looking ahead to Little Hart Crag.

From Little Hart Crag summit with Bakestones Moss and Dove Crag behind.

Some nice colours at the small tarn on Little Hart Crag.

High Hartsop Dodd's grassy ridge.

From the end of the ridge looking down to Brothers Water.
The gentle grassy ridge becomes quite steep here, then when you get to the wall at the bottom of the path :-----

--- the view just opens up and the fellside seems to fall away from you to the valley floor.
The building in the next photo can be seen at the bottom of this picture in the right hand edge of the shadow, next to the wall.

This old farm building lies in the valley near Hartsop Hall.

Some nice Autumn sunshine along the track between Hartsop Hall and Brothers Water.

Brothers Water with Brock Crags and Rest Dodd behind.

Long shadows at Brothers Water.

Brock Crags, Rest Dodd and Gray Crag over a very full Brothers Water outflow.

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Lake District Walks