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

 

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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