26th September 2007

A blast from the cold north wind between The Knott to Hartsop Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 08.25 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr 50 min
Distance 8.9
Ascent 3456
Walking with Jennifer
Hartsop - Hayeswater - The Knott - Rampsgill Head - Kidsty Pike - Straits of Rigindale - High Street - Thornthwaite Crag - Threshthwaite Mouth - Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike) - Hartsop Dodd - Hartsop
Fells visited
Directory places visited

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

On the track between Hartsop and Hayeweater you pass this ruined farm building.

Hayeswater Gill, taken just after crossing the bridge next to the outflow from Hayeswater.

Hayeswater's impressive looking outflow.

Raising height and falling temperature was the order of the day today. As we approached the wall below The Knott we were getting the full blast of the northerly wind. I know we haven't exactly had much of a summer this year, but if ever a day marked the end of one season and the start of the next then this was it.

Rest Dodd and The Nab.
Heading up the side of the wall to The Knott summit. There is actually a path around the side of the fell, which offers a not quite so steep alternative to the summit, but this path up the side of the wall always seems like the obvious option.

A close up of Hartsop Above How, Hart Crag and Fairfield.

And looking in the same direction from the route across from The Knott to Rampsgill Head.

The view from Rampsgill Head.

Kidsty Pike summit.

Rampsgill Head seen from Kidsty Pike.


Looking down the Straits of Riggindale to a small area of Sunshine on Twopenny Crag. This was the last sunshine we saw until we started to ascend Caudale Moor.
The main path across the High Street ridge is just to the left of this picture. It might be the main path, but it doesn't actually lead to the summit. If you're not familiar with the area or if you're walking in poor conditions, the easiest way to ensure you reach the true summit is to walk next to this wall.

High Street summit and much to our surprise, not a breath of wind. Calm before the storm springs to mind not that the walk is over.

Great Gable seen through the gap in the wall next to Thornthwaite Crag (Beacon).

Caudale Moor ahead of us, but first, , , ,

, , , , it was time for a quick bite to eat in the most sheltered spot we could find. No hanging around today though.

Standing in Threshthwaite Mouth and taking a picture of Pasture Bottom and Ullswater. The wind blowing through here was not what we expected at all today. Trying to stand upright to take this picture was bad enough, so there was no way I was going to start messing around with the camera on the steeper section of the climb up towards Caudale Moor.

Just before I took this picture looking back to The Knott, Rampsgill Head, Kidsty Pike and High Street, we passed another couple who were heading in the opposite direction, towards Threshthwaite Mouth. They commented on the strength of the wind as we passed each other, but I don't think they expected to be told is was actually easing off a little and Threshthwaite Mouth was like walking past the end of a wind tunnel.

Caudale Moor.

Another one of those simply follow the wall routes, this time between Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd.

Just after leaving the summit the wall ends and the fellside seems to fall away below you; opening up the most incredible view.

Very steep, but what a view!

A closer picture of Hartsop Village.

And closer still.

A small welcoming party was waiting for us at the point where we turned right to follow the wall down to the village.

Almost back to Hartsop now and looking across the Hartsop end of Pasture Bottom and the end of the Gray Crag ridge to The Knott at the back of the picture.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks