Walk : High Hartsop Dodd (1,702 feet) & Little Hart Crag (2,091 feet) from Cow Bridge

Date : 25th March 2017

Weather : Sunny, Clear skies @ 15C snow on tops

 

Distance : 6 mile round trip

Time Taken : 1 hour to summit, 5 hours in total

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

After an aborted attempt to do this walk 2 weeks prior due to torrential rain, we could not have asked for a more perfect day than today. Temperatures

on the rise from the previous snow and cold snap that we had with a cooling breeze up top made it ideal walking conditions. At just around 1700 feet

High Hartsop Dodd is only small compared to some of its near neighbours, but what it lacks in height it makes up for with steepness !!!. The ridge walk

to Little Hart Crag is a delight even if in parts there was calf deep snow. Fine views to be had in every direction

 

 

The walk starts from the NT Car Park at Cow Bridge just off the A592 Kirkstone Pass road heading towards Patterdale. There is an overflow

area around the back that cost nothing

 

 

A gate at the north end of the car park gives access to a trail that skirts the bottom edge of Low Wood and the shores of Brothers Water

 

 

Middle Dodd and Red Screes from across Brothers Water

 

 

Looking across to Caudale Moor and the sweeping drop to Hartsop Dodd. You can see the Kirkstone Pass snaking its way from the valley floor

 

 

High Hartsop Dodd seen clearly for the first time from the track as we approach the Farm Buildings

 

 

Through the gate, turn left to cross the farm yard and access to the fields leading to the start of the climb

 

 

A signpost indicates the path to take, just be careful as you go through the wall gate that you dont disturb the locals

 

 

Cross the pasture past some giant boulders towards an old Barn

 

 

Looking across to Dove Crag and Hart Crag from the pasture

 

 

How did they get there ???

 

 

Approaching the old barn. In his Eastern Fells Guide book description of this walk, Alfred Wainwright noted the symmetry between the barn roof

and the slopes of High Hartsop Dodd, so looks like nothing has changed over all the passing years

 

 

The climb starts immediately from the barn. Prepare yourself for some hard work !! Navigation is simple, no maps required

 

 

Looking back towards Brothers Water from the start of the climb

 

 

Half way up the climb and a wooden fence cuts straight across the route. A convenient place for a breather before things start to get even steeper

 

 

Sue pauses a while to take in the views

 

 

Now that is one way to see the views several para gliders sail gently over the top of Caudale Moor

 

 

A stylish way to catch the views

 

 

Just make sure you dont end up tangled in a tree !!!

 

 

Back to the climb, and as we start on the final steep push glorious views out west towards St Sunday Crag, Catstye Cam and Fairfield

 

 

Thankfully a zig zag path is cut into the slope to assist with the steepness. This leads all the way to the top

 

 

He`s beat us to the top again the lad has, and nearly walloped all his butty`s by the time we get there !!!

 

 

Sue and Ste on the summit of High Hartsop Dodd

 

Click here for a 360 degree panoramic view from the summit https://youtu.be/51nhzGh8gAI

 

 

Magnificent views north looking towards Place Fell and beyond

 

 

The connecting ridge to Little Hart Crag not too far to walk and a good track even if in some places it was calf deep in snow

 

 

I journey on to Little Hart Crag here looking back along the track to High Hartsop Dodd

 

 

One of the may rock outcrops on the summit

 

Click here for a 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Little Hart Crag https://youtu.be/9sZcpvJpdtk

 

 

About an hour or so later as we journey back to Cow Bridge a nice view of Angletarn Pikes

 

 

Who are you lookin at ???

 

 

Back down and one last look back to our climb in the shadows now from the setting sun. A fantastic day out in Lakeland and now its off to The Lily

in Ambleside to replace all the lost fluid !!!

 

 

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