Walk                 : Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd

                                        Date                 : 26th May 2014

                                        Weather           : Warm and overcast, with sunny spells       

                                        Route Details    : Kirkstone Pass Inn, St. Ravens Edge, Hart Crag, Caudale Moor, Hartsop Dodd & return

                                        Distance           : @ 7.5 miles

 

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                                        Overview

                                        The weather forecast predicted that the Monday would be the best day of the May 2014 Bank Holiday weekend. We stayed overnight

                                                            on the boat at Newby Bridge on the Sunday and it pelted down, however true to its word the forecast was spot on so we seized the

                                                            opportunity to continue exploration of the Far Eastern Fells with what proved to be a further testing challenge for Sue and her new knee.

                                                            At 2,502 feet above sea level A.W noted in his guide book “Caudale Moor deserves more respect than it usually gets” and with the initial

                                                            400 feet scramble up a very rocky gulley – he wasn’t kidding either.

 

 

The walk starts at the car park opposite the Kirkstone Pass Inn on the A592, as we get booted up there are also numerous other walkers

preparing to ascend either Caudale Moor or Red Screes

 

 

 

At the side of the Inn a small path leads to access to the start of the climb

 

 

The initial steep pull up towards St Ravens Edge and Hart Crag along a very slippery gulley due to the rain proved to be quite an early test with many stops

 

 

However if you are not plagued with 50 odd year old joints and or a metal knee – it’s a breeze. I think Ste had time for a three course dinner whilst waiting

for us on top of Hart Crag

 

 

Looking across the A592 towards the towering Red Screes that flanks the other side of the Kirkstone Pass

 

 

Looking over to the Helvellyn range as we level out a little after passing Hart Crag. Wainwright recommended making the walk a little more interesting

by skirting along the “edge” so that you over look the steep precipice, but the ground was very boggy due to the previous days continual rain.

 

 

Looking back towards Windermere

 

 

Having overcome the steep scramble it’s just a case of following the line of the wall up towards. The cairn at the top of the hill however

is not the summit but in fact a monument

 

 

 

Looking North over to Place Fell and Ullswater

 

 

South, back towards Windermere and Wansfell

 

 

And to the East across the Troutbeck Valley to a close up of the distinctive summit of Ill Bell (part of the Kentmere Horseshoe)

 

 

 

Pressing on towards the summit, with still over a mile or so to go

 

 

After a continual drag up the slope we pause for a water break – I take a small detour to the Atkinson Monument

 

                                                                

 

The two inscriptions are for Mark Atkinson and more lately his son William who owned and ran the Kirkstone Inn for many a year. It was on the request of Mark

that his ashes be buried in view of all he owned for eternity

 

 

Shortly after the detour we approach the summit of Caudale Moor

 

 

After a short rest and water stop we head West from the summit to follow the line of the wall that leads directly to the next peak – Hartsop Dodd

 

 

Sue prepares for the hike. In the background a glimpse of the Wasdale range of fells in particular, the Scafells and in isolation the distinctive Great Gable

 

 

In the meantime Ste shows a clean pair of heels on the way down to Hartsop Dodd. There is no chance of getting lost here, you just follow the line of the wall

 

 

Looking across to Middle Dodd, with the steep slope of Red Screes in the foreground

 

 

A peep over across to Helvellyn approximately another 600 feet or so higher from where we are

 

                                                                         

 

The wooden stake represents the actual summit high point however just a few yards further on a cairn of sorts has been erected. We retraced our steps to get

back to the Inn, and the journey back down from St Ravens Edge is not one I would recommend in wet weather. In summary, Caudale Moor is definitely a fell for a

collector of summits as in parts it can become a bit of a trudge, however the views from the top across six ridges are absolutely superb and worth the toil of ascent

 

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