2nd May 2011

The Deepdale route to Fairfield, Hart Crag and Hartsop Above How


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 12.35
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 2700 ft
Walking with On my own
Deepdale Bridge - Deepdale Hall - Wall End - Deepdale - Mossydale - Sleet Cove - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Link Hause - Hart Crag - Hartsop Above How - Gale Crag - Deepdale Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Deepdale Bridge, Patterdale

About half way between Patterdale and Hartsop, Deepdale Bridge is a lovely little spot providing access to the quiet and secluded valley of Deepdale. On the opposite side of the road a path crosses the fields to join up with the route between Patterdale and Hartsop.

Parking is free and there is room for about a dozen cars.


Route Map

I've had this walk in mind for a while now. I'd just been waiting for a dry spell to coincide with a day when most places were likely to be busier than normal (a bank holiday for example). What I hadn't expected was it to be quite this dry, and I certainly didn't expect to see so few people.
This is a great little route, particularly the walk through Deepdale which is somewhere every seasoned fell walker should try to visit at some point.

Looking back to the aptly named Lane Head. The fell behind is Place Fell.

Just after passing Wall End Farm Deepdale begins to open up. And while this far from being the most remote place you can visit, the chances are that you'll have the place to yourself.

Rocks and crags above Deepdale Beck.


I'm heading up to the lowest point on the skyline (Deepdale Hause). The path takes a route just to the right of the line of trees you can see in the centre of the picture.

There wasn't much in the way of waterfalls up here today. In fact there wasn't much in the way of water anywhere.

Looking back down to Deepdale.


Now it gets quite steep for a while.

Looking back.
The lower ridge along the right hand side of the valley is Hartsop Above How. I'll be walking along there later in the walk.

Once I reached the ridge at Deepdale Hause I was greeted by two things, firstly there was this view of Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn, and secondly, the wind. It wasn't exactly blowing me over, but some of the gusts certainly stopped me in my tracks a couple of times.

Grisedale Tarn, taken from the walk over Cofa Pike.

St Sunday Crag, taken from the route up to Cofa Pike.

Looking ahead to Fairfield from Cofa Pike.

I took this picture of Deepdale from the lower of the two 'pointy bits' on Cofa Pike. The reason I took the picture here was because there was a big rock to lean against so I didn't get blown over.

From the same place, now looking a little to the left to see Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag.

A deserted Fairfield summit.
The William and Catherine flag was already there when I got here.

Still at the summit and now looking across to a good number of the Lake District's higher fells.

Rydal, Windermere and the lower end of the two Fairfield horseshoe ridges.

Hart Crag summit.
The guy over there was the first person I'd seen since setting off, and the last until I got to Hartsop Above How summit.

A steep descent off Hart Crag leads down to the long Hartsop Above How ridge.

I was getting really hungry by now and as seen as though there was no chance of getting any shelter, I just stood here, ate everything I had as quickly as possible and carried on walking.

A view back up the ridge to Hart Crag.


Cotton wool clouds above Place Fell.

It was difficult to see over the high wall to get a picture of Hartsop until I came to this convenient vantage point.

Angletarn Pikes taken from the point where I left the fellside proper and began walking down the bottom section of the ridge. Arguably this final bit is the nicest part of the whole ridge.

Before I went over the stile, I took this picture looking towards Arnison Crag.

Another picture showing Arnison Crag, this one taken just as I was beginning to walk through the wooded area at the end of the ridge.

And to save any confusion, follow the arrow (yellow or white), then the stones on the ground that have been painted white, then there's another arrow like this further on.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks