6th July 2013

Deepdale, Fairfield, Hart Crag and Hartsop Above How


Walk Overview
Time 9.00am to 3.20pm
Duration 6hr 20 min
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 2700 ft
Walking with Neil Haselwood and Richard Ratcliffe
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

Well this walk certainly took a lot of getting around to. I had planned to do this last year with Neil but we called it off on several occasions because of the rain. You remember last summer; it started to rain in June and didn't stop until after Christmas. We'd also met up earlier this year but on that day we thought it might have been to deep with snow and ice so yet again we cancelled. Anyway: the weather was definitely on our side today and as it turned out, Richard Ratcliffe was in the lakes so we arranged to meet up and off we went.

From the building you an just see over there we followed this farm track past Deepdale Hall, Wall End Farm and into Deepdale; a fantastic, quite valley that should be walked at least once by every keen fell walker. The fell over there is Place Fell, but that's not on todays itinerary so I needn't go on about it.

This is the little clapper bridge over Coldcove Gill.

We're well into Deepdale now and unfortunately for us, Fairfield seems to be holding onto the cloud longer than most places. Hopefully it'll lift by the time we get up there.

The black one on its feet started to show a bit too much interest in us so we kept out of their way. You hear about people getting chased by cows so it's just not worth taking a chance.

There are some great mountain scenery to be had on the walk through here. Up there and looking black in the shade is Greenhow End.

Time to head up the steep section of path out of Mossydale and up to Sleet Cove.

The route goes up the right hand side of the waterfalls.

Looking back down to Deepdale. The ridge on the right is Hartsop Above How. We'll be there later.

Looking through Sleet Cove to Deepdale Hause. The path out of here takes you just to the left of the lowest point on the skyline.

Sheepfold in Sleet Cove.

It's just over 3 miles from the car to Deepdale Hause. Once you get here you're treated to your first view across to Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn.

St Sunday Crag

Up we go to Cofa Pike.

St Sunday Crag again.

Fairfield seen from Cofa Pike.

Grisedale Tarn and Seat Sandal. There are lots of other fells further back but the haze was far too think to see them properly.

A look back to Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag which is once again topped with cloud.

Fairfield summit.

From Fairfield we headed across Link Hause to Hart Crag where we passed a steady stream of what we assumed to be Fairfield Horseshoers.

A long distance view through Deepdale.

Turning around for a picture over Link Hause to Scrubby Crag. Fairfield is over on the left with the summit just out of the picture.

Hart Crag was visited and now we're ready to start the long walk down the entire length of Hartsop Above How. If it's a pleasant, easy going and enjoyable ridge walk you're after at the end of a walk than this is as good as it gets. It's surprisingly time consuming, but in a good sort of way.

I'm not sure if it was just because we'd lost height or if the day was changing but it wasn't as hazy as it had been. It's much better when you can see things as clear as this.

Looking down to the entrance of Deepdale with Birks and Arnison Crag on the left, Great Mell Fell in the distance (left) and Place Fell / Angletarn Pikes straight ahead.

On t'other side you get this great view down to Dovedale.


A close up of High Raise, Rampsgill Head and The Knott. The path at the bottom of the picture is the one running between Hartsop and Hayeswater.

and not so close up.

Place Fell and Boredale Hause.




Blimey, it wasn't half hot down here. Brilliant, I seem to remember this is what summers should be like.


A close up of Angletarn Pikes.

And if you're not sick of looking at pictures of Place Fell here's another one to finish with.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks