TWO WALKS FROM HARTSOP, LAKE DISTRICT

This hamlet lies at the bottom of the Kirkstone Pass with Brothers Water nestling nearby and on either side the fells rise steeply. Dad took us on two walks with Uncle Eric to explore these, going first up the fells to the west side and then those to the east.



GALE CRAG, HARTSOP ABOVE HOW & HART CRAG from COW BRIDGE

Summary

Date - 1st July 2008 Distance - 6 miles
Map - OL5 Start point - Parking area at Cow Bridge (NY 403134)

 

Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Gale Crag 1680 512 NY 3927 1244
Gill Crag on Hartsop above How 1909 582 NY 3831 1200
Hart Crag 2698 822 NY 3690 1120

 

The Walk

A few steps along the track we veered off right to climb steeply through the woodland to reach the ridge. The views opened up as we climbed, first of the village of Hartsop nestling in the valley.

From the rear of the village you will notice a path snaking up across the fell side. This leads up Hayeswater Gill and was to be the path we took in the second of our walks. Today as we climbed higher the pretty lake Brothers Water came into view.

The ridge gained, we all stopped to rest a few minutes and take in the views, before climbing up to the first objective Gale Crag (1680ft). From here we had a clear view onward towards the summit of Hartsop above How backed by Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield.

We had had our photo taken so jumped back into the rucksack and off we went descending first before making the final climb to the summit of Hartsop above How (1909ft). This is one of the Wainwright Fells that have been referred to in previous walks. Shaun and Tetley having completed all the Wainwright Fells had been here before, but for whatever reason Dad had not taken our photo, so this was rectified today. He now had recorded our photo on the summit of every one of the 214 fells.

Grizzly has nearly completed the Wainwrights and this one was his last in Book 1 – Eastern Fells, so we thought it would be nice for him to have his photo taken on his own, especially too as it was his birthday!

The next objective was Hart Crag just a mile and a half away, but the sting in the tail was that to reach the summit Uncle Eric and Dad had to climb 1000ft higher. It was quite an easy walk on grass at first but then there was a rough scramble over rocky ground to the cairn at 2698ft. Arn’t we lucky to be inside the rucksack carried to the top? As we ascended we enjoyed this view to Dollywagon Pike over Deepdale Hause. Across the Hause is a path linking the fells of Fairfield, Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag.

It was extremely windy on Hart Crag but nevertheless we climbed up on to the cairn for our photo.

Our return route was to descend into the lovely valley of Dovedale shown below, and then walk alongside Brothers Water to reach Cow Bridge.



THE NAB from HARTSOP

Summary

Date - 15th July 2008 Distance - 7 miles
Map - OL5 Start point - Hartsop-parking area through hamlet (NY 408132)

 

Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
The Nab 1887 576 NY 4342 1519

 

The Walk

This summit is a long rib extending outwards from the fell called Rest Dodd, and for many years was actually off limits being part of the Martindale Deer Forest and home to the oldest herd of native red deer in England. Now most of the land is open to the public although walkers are requested to approach from Rest Dodd and as far as possible not disturb the deer.

The day could not have been more of a contrast to the previous walk because as soon as we started the rain set in and persisted for over half the walk, light and patchy at times but also some heavier showers. Still we are not to be put off and snuggled as low as we could in the rucksack.

The signpost by the gate clearly showed our route up Hayeswater Gill.

The gill flows out of Hayeswater itself and has a number of waterfalls.

Once the lake was reached a steep and uninteresting climb over rough ground brought us to the main path from Patterdale to High Street. We followed this for a while before striking right over the ridge of Satura Crag to gain our first sight of our objective. The lake peeking out behind the Nab is Ullswater.

Whilst at this point we were on a level with the summit it was first necessary to make a steep and rough descent down and across to the peat hags (the dark patches) before attaining the path that led to the summit. As we reached it Dad hurriedly settled us on the small cairn and snapped our photo before the rain shower clearly seen behind arrived. Uncle Eric, Allen and Eric bagged the summit.

Despite only being 1887ft it is not an easy fell to get to and made for quite a tough walk. There was nothing for it but to reverse our route having again to climb steeply below the slopes of Rest Dodd to cross the wall and return eventually to the main path. Happily the weather improved markedly and it was a much more enjoyable walk as we descended to Hartsop.

On the first photo of the signpost you will see that a path is indicated to Pasture Beck shown in the picture below. This is a valley that leads to a place known as Threshthwaite Cove and then steeply to Threshthwaite Mouth, a rough steep and stony col between Thornthwaite Crag and Caudale Moor.

In the 19th century there were lead mines in this area and a lead mill to extract the ore. Beside the beck in the picture below stand remains relating to the mill. The "U" shaped walls are where the water wheel was housed and the other walls carried the trough along which the water ran to turn the wheel and power the mill.

To make the return slightly different we had used the track from the Filter House on the opposite side of the gill. We passed through a gate by which were some Herdwick sheep. One of the lambs was inquisitive and gave Dad the opportunity to snap him. We think they have lovely faces. Just a short walk brought us back to the start.

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