29th April 2017

Visiting Fairfield, a mini walking project - Walk No 6 - From Cow Bridge via Hartsop Above How and Hart Crag

Time 7:20am to 12:20pm
Duration 5 hr
Distance 9 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 3400 ft
Walking with On my own
Cow Bridge - Low Wood - Hartsop Above How - Hart Crag - Link Hause - Fairfield - Cofa Pike - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Lord's Seat - Coldcove Gill - Wall End - Deepdale Hall - Deepdale Bridge - Dubhow - Cow Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


When I first decided to visit Fairfield by these 12 routes, I thought I'd end up spreading the walks right across spring and summer. Although I knew I wouldn't exactly get fed up visiting the same fell so many times in such a short space of time, I did think other places would grab my attention and I'd often end up going somewhere else instead. This hasn't been the case at all. Every time the opportunity was there to do one of these walks that's what I've wanted to do. Today is the 6th walk out of 12 and I set off from Cow Bridge to reach Fairfield via Hartsop Above How and Hart Crag.

You never know when you're being watched do you.

There's a very steep beginning to this walk so it doesn't take too long to gain enough height to get this view down to Hartsop.

Looking down to Brothers Water and across to Hartsop Dodd. Behind are Gray Crag (left) and Caudale Moor (right).

On the ridge now and behind me I look through the valley to see Place Fell and the smallest glimpse of Ullswater.

Looking ahead it becomes obvious that I'll be spending a bit of time up in the cloud.

Hart Crag and The Step seen from Hartsop Above How.

From the edge of the ridge I look down to Dovedale. I almost went for that route today but literally seconds after leaving the car I had a change of mind and opted for this route instead. I'm sure the Dovedale route will be walked in the next couple of weeks. There's a group of people down there who look as though they're just packing up after a nights camping. These would be the last people I saw until I was walking past Deepdale Hall much later in the walk.

On the steep section below Hart Crag I enter the cloud and stay in it as far as Deepdale Hause.

Hart Crag summit.

Between Hart Crag and Fairfield.

Fairfield number 6 - - No hanging around today. Just a few minutes up here with only my thoughts for company and after a swig of water I was off again.

Cofa Pike appears out of the cloud.

Today, , , the only thing I could see on the walk over Cofa Pike were the rocks around my feet. Sounds like I'm being negative but time spent walking in the cloud helped make the walk as good as it was.

And once the view returned I took this picture looking down to Deepdale. That'll be my return route when I do the Dovedale route onto Fairfield. I'd really like a sunny day for that one.

Turning around, Seat Sandal and Grisedale Tarn look a little brighter than everywhere else.

Typical eh !! No cloud on Fairfield now.

St Sunday Crag summit.

Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield.

Looking back up to Gavel Pike.

And from Lord's Seat (ish) I get a good view of the route down to Wall End. Nothing in the way of a path down here but that doesn't matter. It's easy walking and there's nothing you can really fall off or fall down so you just keep walking in more or less the correct direction.

It was fantastic sitting here for todays dinner with a view. Despite there being a very busy road down there it felt like I was a million miles from the rest of humanity. It was nothing less than utter peacefulness, with a brief spell of warm sunshine on my face and an equally brief spell of rain on the back of my neck - - - brilliant!

That's Wall End farm down there and it was somewhere close to this spot that I picked up the path down to the valley.


At valley level now and looking through Deepdale to the Hartsop Above How ridge I'd walked across at the start of the day.

Back to civilisation and I pass by Wall End Farm. The double pointed fell over there is Angletarn Pikes.

Place Fell seen from the path running past Deepdale Hall.


I didn't walk through Hartsop today but I did take a picture of the village and Gray Crag on the way past.

And to finish, I arrive back at an overflowing car park and as I sat on a deck chair changing my boots I actually said out loud "what a brilliant walk, I really enjoyed that one".

David Hall -
Lake District Walks