Sunday, 7th August 2016

Walk: Hartsop Above How, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Little Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd and Brothers Water
Start Point: Cow Bridge car park Grid Reference: NY 403 134
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 3,120 ft
Time: 6.25 hours
Weather: A cold start but warming up as the clouds and mist cleared leaving blue skies before clouding over once again.

This walk was planned as a trip to the Priests Cave but owing to low cloud and strong winds it was decided not to search for the cave but to leave it for another day, preferably with better conditions.
A steady climb up to Hartsop Above How was followed by a wind battering ascent to Hart Crag. Turning south east we headed for Dove Crag which is totally unworthy of any comment except that it led us to Little Hart Crag. With Little Hart Crag being on our route of descent we were thankful that the wind was slightly calmer.
Our final Wainwright of the day was High Hartsop Dodd and at 1702' is actually lower than Hartsop Dodd. It does however provide magnificent views of Brothers Water and its surrounding Hills.
Six people in all on a shortened walk but hard enough due to the wind.

All smiles and raring to go with some rain and strong winds forecast.

A bridge to nowhere. The winter storms have re-routed the stream . . .

and even filled in the old stream bed

The higher bridge has escaped damage

Our route up the ridge to Hartsop above How which is hidden somewhere in the mist

Looking back we can see Place Fell and just out of the picture on the left is St Sunday Crag

Gaining height and the wind has picked up

Our ascent to Hart Crag. There is no picture of the top as it was raining with very strong winds.

Descending Bakestone Moss we find a sheltered spot for lunch . . .

but Ray takes the prize for the most comfortable seat

Reaching Little Hart Crag . . .

where the wind seemed stronger than ever

High Hartsop Dodd with our destination in sight, albeit down a long steep edge.
High Hartsop Dodd is an anomaly as it is in fact lower than Hartsop Dodd

Brothers Water

From the concessionary path around Brothers Water with the ridge
up to High Hartsop Dodd in the centre of the picture

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