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Walk : Harter Fell (Eskdale) (2,140 ft) from Eskdale

Date : 3rd August 2021

Weather : Dry, low cloud @ 14C

 

Distance : 4 miles round trip

Time Taken : 1 hour 40 mins to summit

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Route to Harter Fell

 

Overview

 

AW described this walk as the most charming of ascents, delightful from start to finish. True it is a nice walk along a good path that does

disappear a tad in the final stretches but the summit is comfortable near the Trig column and invites you to stay for a while to take in the

views (cloud cover permitting)

 

Car parking for Harter Fell

 

Approaching from the south through Eskdale, past Wha House Farm at the foot of the Hardknott Pass there is plenty of space for road

side parking. This view is looking back down south and is the direction of travel when starting the walk

 

Start of track to Harter Fell

 

After about 30 yards or so take a left turn at a sign posted path leads down to cross Dod Knott Gill and a series of handgates

 

Dod Knott Gill

 

Crossing Dod Knott Gill

 

Path to Harter Fell

 

Through the first hand gate to get on the path proper

 

Path to Harter Fell

 

The second hand gate and the path that rises gently along the side of the fell

 

Scafell Bow Fell

 

Looking back towards the cloud covered Scafell group and Bowfell from the path

 

Eskdale valley

 

The Eskdale valley from the path

 

Path to Harter Fell

 

The path climbs gently as it reaches the third hand gate

 

Path to Harter Fell

 

The path continues through an area of braken

 

Harter Fell

 

The upper reaches of the southern face of Harter Fell from the path

 

Towards the Hardknott forest

 

After about three quarters of a mile or so the path levels off for as it approaches the southern boundary fence of the Hardknott Forest

 

Hardknott Forest

 

Approaching the boundary gate of the Hardknott forest. At this point the path turns left to start the climb up the shoulder of Harter Fell

 

Hardknott Forest

 

Some information from the Forestry Commission

 

Harter Fell

 

Starting the climb up the eastern shoulder of Harter Fell

 

Harter Fell

 

The path tends to become more intermittent as it approaches a belt of crags

 

 

As the path tends to fade in and out there is no right or wrong way to continue, we just took the route of least resistance through the crags

 

Green Crag Crook Crag

 

Looking towards Green Crag and Crook Crag as we climb up the shoulder

 

Harter Fell

 

Higher up the shoulder and another path cuts across the belt of crags

 

Devoke Water

 

Looking across to Devoke Water

 

Harter Fell summit approach

 

A natural break in the crags leads towards the summit approach

 

Harter Fell summit approach

 

A marker cairn indicates the route to the summit

 

Harter Fell summit

 

Approaching the summit Trig column

 

Harter Fell summit

 

Made it ! Sue and I on the summit of Harter Fell. Click here for a 360 degree view https://youtu.be/MdAJpe0zcek

 

Digger Wasps

 

We settled down on the summit for lunch, but was soon interrupted by a swarm of Digger Wasps these two in quite a compromising position !!

 

Harter Fell summit

 

Unfortunately at the time of us arriving on the summit a layer of low cloud hung over the Scafell group somewhat spoiling the views

 

Harter Fell Trig Column

 

The summit Trig column

 

The Scafell range

 

As we journeyed back down the layer of cloud that hid the Scafells had shifted providing some dramatic views Typical !!

 

 

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