14th January 2007

Adding bits on to a walk above Dovedale - High Hartsop Dodd to Hartsop above How


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 13.40
Duration 4 hr 20 min
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 2760 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Cow Bridge - Brothers Water - Hartsop Hall - High Hartsop Dodd - Little Hart Crag - Bakestones Moss - Dove Crag - Hart Crag - Hartsop Above How - low Wood - Cor Bridge
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

Brothers Water with Angle Tarn Pikes and Brock Crags behind. The walks I've been doing lately all seem to have been kept at a lower level because of the weather, so it was nice to get out for a higher level walk today.

Continuing along the track from Brothers Water you soon reach Hartsop Hall. It could do with a bit of a tidy up, but it's still a fine looking building.

It only takes one to run towards you and then the rest follow on like a flock of Sheep (pun intended).

The view back towards Brothers Water seen from the bottom section of the path up High Hartsop Dodd. The route we'd took from Hartsop Hall can be seen running across the fields from the buildings on the left, alongside the biggest of the trees and across to the building at the bottom of the ridge.

And again from the steeper section higher up the path. Notice the amount of water in the fields.

Leaving Little Hart Crag's slightly lower summit and heading for the higher one. Our intention today was to ascend as far as Little Hart Crag where we would assess the conditions and then decide where to go next. On the approach to Little Hart Crag we'd sort of planned to walk down to Scandale Pass and the return to the cars by way of Caiston Glen. Just after leaving Little Hart Crag however, we changed this and made the decision to walk up to Dove Crag, or at least see how far we got before the strengthening wind got the better of us.

Looking back over Bakestones Moss to Little Hart Crag.

Very windy, but still manageable on the path to Dove Crag.

I tried to get a picture from Dove Crag summit, but the wind was just too strong to try to hold the camera and stop myself from being blown over at the same time. This picture was taken shortly after leaving Dove Crag, and shortly before another change of plan. When we decided to include Dove Crag we thought about descending into Dovedale. However, when we reached the turn off to Dovedale we looked up at Hart Crag and decided to add Hart Crag and Hartsop Above How onto the walk instead.

A little sunshine creeping into the valley below Heron Pike / Nab Scar.

As we were walking up the rocky section below Hart Crag the wind was at its strongest and we were being battered about quite a bit. I was starting to think this was as high as I wanted to be today and it was time to seriously think about starting to loose some height. Then as the actual summit was reached the wind stopped and there was hardly a breeze never mind the strong wind we'd had a couple of minutes earlier. Very strange.

Sunshine on Windermere seen through the cloud which was swirling around us on Hart Crag.

Looking ahead along the Hartsop Above How ridge.

And the view across the ridge. The summit is the darker pointed section in the middle of the picture.

The approach to Hartsop Above How summit.

Arnison Crag and Place Fell seen from the lower end of the ridge.

About ten minutes after taking the previous picture we turned off the ridge and followed a narrow path into Low Wood. On route to the woods you get some great views down to Brothers Water and across to the little village of Hartsop. Notice how full Brothers Water is and how its shoreline is well across into the fields.

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