Sunday, 17th May 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Hartsop Above How, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Little Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd, Middle Dodd
Start Point: Cow Bridge car park Grid Reference: NY 402 133
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 3,850 feet
Time: 7 hours    
Weather: Sunshine, cloud and heavy showers
Comments: With the weather forecast for heavy showers, seven intrepid, well wrapped-up walkers set off from the car park in a blustery wind with light cloud. At the start of the first climb layers came off as we were sheltered by a wall on the ascent to Hartsop Above How. Taking a coffee break in the lee of the summit we had a good view of our next climb to Hart Crag. Once there, although a little cool the visibility, was fantastic, as it was on Dove Crag. On Little Hart Crag the weather started to change and as we reached Scandale Pass the rain had started. Halfway up the climb to Middle Dodd a stop for full waterproofs was needed. By the time we had reached the bottom of the steep descent off Middle Dodd we were in sunshine again and we dried out on our walk back to the car park.

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The climb up the Deepdale Valley starts out gradually . . .

 

but it looks a long way to Hart Crag on the horizon

 

As we climb the hamlet of Hartsop comes into view . . .

 

and Arnison Crag on the left is dwarfed by Place Fell on the right

 

The group approaches Hartsop Above How . . .

 

and from the summit Hart Crag is much closer - but still a lot of climbing to do!

 

Perhaps refreshments are in order before continuing!

 

Setting out on the next bit of the climb . . .

 

and it's going to get steeper . . .

 

before we make it to . . .

 

the summit of Hart Crag - all smiles now!!!

 

Catstye Cam catches the sun as it peeps up behind Striding Edge

 

Zooming in on Fairfiled we can see the shelter and the cairn . . .

 

whilst in the opposite direction Windermere comes into view . . .

 

and across the valley we can see Heron Pike to the left and Great Rigg to the right

 

The group arrives at Dove Crag . . .

 

and take time out  - a quick photo opportunity!

 

Then we head down to Bakestones Moss . . .

 

and the higher top of Little Hart Crag . . .

 

before making our way across to . . .

 

the second top - now without a cairn

 

Time for lunch before . . .

 

a quick trip out to High Hartsop Dodd, where the group are somewhat disappointed . . .

 

by the size of the cairn!

 

We retrace our steps to Little Hart Crag . . .

 

before descending to Scandale Pass and climbing up the other side

 

By the time we reach Middle Dodd the rain is pretty heavy - with some hail

 

But after the STEEP descent the rain has cleared and Middle Dodd stands proud in the valley

 

The end of the High Hartsop Dodd ridge towers above the barn and rock - is it an erratic I wonder?

 

Nearly back at the cars Angletarn Pikes are clearly seen above Brothers Water

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