4th June 2011

High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag and Caiston Glen


Walk Overview
Time 06.30 to 09.30
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with On my own
Cow Bridge - Brothers Water - Hartsop Hall - High Hartsop Dodd - Little Hart Crag - Scandale Tarn - top of Scandale Pass - Caiston Glen - Hartsop Hall - Brothers Water - Cow 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

The walk along the track from Cow Bridge, past Brothers Water and onto Hartsop Hall walk simply peace itself this morning. There wasn't a breath of wind to disrupt the trees or the surface of the water and the woodland was resonant with bird song, each one offering up their own personal cadenza, and as a result, unwittingly creating a dawn chorus which would have surely pleased St Cecilia herself.


Brothers Water reflections.

A look back shows Angletarn Pikes and Brock Crags on the opposite side of the dale.

Past Brothers Water now and heading along the track to Hartsop Hall.
High Hartsop Dodd is the fell in the centre of the picture.

Dovedale; one of Lakelands shortest valleys.

Past the cows now, and I can stop, take a picture and admire the view with peace of mind.

There are lots of places in the Lake District that can boast a good display of bluebells, and rightly so. Personally, I think these ones on High Hartsop Dodd are just about the best of the lot. I'm a few weeks late to see them at their best this year, and this picture only shows a small amount of them. However, if it's a good display in the most unlikely of locations you want, then this is the place to come.
I can only assume that the bluebells have remained here from the time when the fellsides were clothed with trees.

Just about on the steepest part of the route now and looking back down the ridge to Brothers Water.

High Hartsop Dodd summit.
The knobbly fell behind is Little Hart Crag.

By the time I'd got this far it was obvious that the clear conditions were fast being replaced with cloud.

Little Hart Crag summit(s).

Just down from the summit is Scandale Tarn.

From the high ground next to the tarn you get a view into Scandale itself.
Judging by the amount of blue sky over there, I recon I'm a bit too far east.

Another picture of Scandale Tarn. Behind is High Bakestones ad Dove Crag.

Cloudy Red Screes.

Standing at the top of Scandale Pass.

Up to the left is Red Screes,
To the right is Little Hart Crag,
Over the stile will take you down to Scandale and Ambleside,
The skyline at the back of the picture is the section of fell between High Pike (out of shot) and Dove Crag (far right),
And behind me is my route down Caiston Glen.

Looking down Caiston Glen.

One of the small waterfalls which form part of Caiston Glen.

Further down the route now and Brothers Water comes into view, along with Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes.

On the way back I passed by a couple of old farm buildings. This is the first and smaller one, , ,

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Passing through the 'ancient settlement' on route back to Hartsop Hall.

Lakeland farmers; caring for the countryside or just leaving it in a right mess. If ever a place sums up the 'couldn't care less' attitude of some people I think this is it.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks