Walk†††††††††††††††††††††††††† :Hartsop above How (1,870 ft) from Bridgend

Date†††††††††††††††††††††††††† :20thAugust2019

Weather††††††††††††††††††† : Overcast, threatening rain @ 14įC


Distance†††††††††††††††††† : 4.5 miles round trip

Time Taken††††††††††††† :1 hour 35 mins to summit


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




Our week long stay in Ambleside promised much but due to the abnormally bad weather produced only one walk all week on this the only day

when the heavens were not opening. This was meant to be the first opening walk of the week to get the legs stretched for greater heights, and

actually took us two attempts to do. The walk itself is fairly straight forward in that after navigating through Low Wood in Deepdale Park itís a case

of just following the wall that runs all the way up the north ridge of the fell. The reward is some fine views across Dovedale and also the

Priest Cave on Dove Crag




The walk starts by the phone box at the side of the A592 (Kirkstone Pass) road at Bridgend. There is free car parking for several cars



From the phone box go left for about 20 yards or so to a stile cut into the wall near a five bar gate



Follow the cart track which crosses Deepdale park towards an old stone barn



On approaching the barn veer left following the wall towards a access gate into Low Wood



Go through the gate and follow the track through the woods for a short distance



The track leads gently upwards to the left towards a gate



Go through the gate and aim left towards a prominent tree that is close by the ridge wall



The prominent tree seen here just right of centre is at the start of the foot path that will climb in parallel with the ridge wall



Looking back towards Place Fell from the track. The path you can see cutting along the side of the hill leads to the popular junction of Boredale Hause



The start of the foot path from the prominent tree, swings round left behind the small rock outcrop



With ever threatening skies we continue on along the path which gets closer to the ridge wall as height is gained



Higher up now and the path undulates as it climbs gradually



Looking across the A592 (way down below) towards Angletarn pikes



Go the opposite way of what the sign is saying !!! (unless of course you are returning back to the start)




Looking right across Dovedale towards the north east ridge of St Sunday Crag



Approximately half way along the path drops to a sty over a boundary wall. Over this the terrain becomes a little steeper and morerough



Looking back towards Ullswater just about visible



Iím told that this fellow is or will be an Emperor Moth Ė how true that is I donít know, but there were quite a few of these around a big heather patch



At one point the path approaches a belt of crags which whilst they are non too imposing can be bypassed to the right



Looking towards Fairfield as a belt of weather blows in



Our first view of todayís destination Hartsop above How



Looking left down to the Kirkstone Pass from the path



Heading along the path towards the summit



Looking across to St Sunday Crag



Looking towards Dove Crag



As we approach the summit, the path narrows to give some spectacular views



Sue and Ste just before the summit approach



Ste on the summit of Hartsop above How and the only glimpse of blue sky we saw all week !!!


Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Hartsop above How Ö https://youtu.be/6vdpBsSgww8



Looking over to Rest Dodd and Caudale Moor



Looking over to Dove Crag, the Priest Cave barely visible in this shot



A close in shot of the Priest Cave



Dollywaggon Pike peeps over the connecting ridge from Fairfield and Cofa Pike to St Sunday Crag



Hart Crag (left) and the connecting ridge to Dove Crag



Clearer skies as we journey back down to Bridgend



Just back to the start of the walk and the waterfalls of Deepdale Beck



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