16th April 2006

Eight Far Eastern fells from Hartsop village.


Walk Overview
Time 08.50 to 14.45
Duration 5 hr 55 min
Distance 10.75 mile
Ascent 3750 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew Leaney
Hartsop - Gray Crag - Thornthwaite Crag - High Street - Straights of Riggindale - Rampsgill Head - The Knott - Rest Dodd - The Nab - Satura Crag - Brock Crags - Hartsop
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hartsop Village

Unspoilt, sums up the lovely village of Hartsop; apart from the car park that is. At least it is tucked away beyond a narrow gap between the buildings at the top of the village.

The car park is free and offers almost instant access to the surrounding fells. The number of different walks you can do from here are jut too many to list.


Route Map

An old farm building found next to the track that runs between Hartsop and Hayeswater. The lower slopes of Hartsop Dodd are behind.

The steep climb up to Gray Crag takes you past this rocky outcrop, which provides a nice foreground to the view across to Helvellyn in the distance.

Gray Crag summit with the Eastern ridge behind.

Looking back along the Gray Crag ridge.
The pointed fell in the middle of the photo is Rest Dodd. To the right of that is The Knott and Rampsgill Head, all three of them included in today's walk, but still quite a few hours walk away.

Windermere seen in the distance from Thornthwaite Crag.

Thornthwaite Crag on the skyline. This picture was taken from the end of the wall which can be followed to High Street summit, on to The Knott and almost as far as Rest Dodd summit. The wall doesn't follow the actual Roman High Street route, but during poor visibility it would offer a good navigational aid. The main High Street path actually passes below the summit, so if you're not familiar with the area following the wall is a better option for ensuring you don't miss the summit.

After leaving the summit we walked to the edge of the ridge to get this view of Rough Crag and Haweswater.

Back to the wall now and looking ahead to the Straights of Riggindale. The longer fell on the right is Rampsgill Head.

Rampsgill Head with The Nab behind the cairn. A small section of Ullswater can be seen on the right side of the photo.

Rest Dodd and The Nab. On the path down from The Knott we could see the rain moving in very quickly. Luckily for us we missed the worst of the rain and were only caught in a brief shower on the walk up Rest Dodd.

Almost at the lowest point between The Knott and Rest Dodd. The closer we got to Rest Dodd the steeper is was looking.

Looking down to The Nab. The path through the boggy area can be seen running along the right hand side of the ridge.

The Nab summit and looking back to Rest Dodd. Our return route took us back through the boggy area on the left of the ridge. When we reached the wall we turned right and followed it as far as it can be seen in this picture. We then left the wall and headed across to the path to Satura Crag.

Angle Tarn, Angletarn Pikes and Place Fell, taken from the path across to Brock Crags.

Brock Crags summit.

Hayeswater with High Street above.
The fell on the right is Gray Crag looking very steep indeed. The rocky section which almost looks like an upside down letter "V" is the same one shown in the second picture.

A different view of the building seen in the first photo.

Zooming in on the disused Lead mine found just outside Hartsop.

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