" " Lake District Trails and Ales: November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Harter Fell, August 30th 2010

Harter Fell is (or was) the last fell that we can see from our cottage that we hadn't yet climbed, so this was the one we wanted to "bag" for some time.  It sits majestically in the distance, appearing like the top of pyramid, nestled behind the Old Man Range and Caw. We drove from Lowick towards Ulpha and then cut across Birker Fell into Eskdale until we reached the Woolpack Inn.  There is parking at the Woolpack Inn, but we decided to go on a little further to a parking area opposite Wha House Farm. From there we walked down the road in the direction of Hardkott pass, watching the cars having fun negotiating the ascent and descent.  After a couple of hundred metres there is a footpath, by the stream that leads away from the road.

This eventually turns left and follows the base of the Harter fell until it reaches a footpath that doubles back and takes you up the fell itself. It is possible to reach the Roman ruins along this original path, but we decided to head directly up.

The climb is fairly easy going as there is a good path, however it can get boggy as you approach the path that heads off to left to the summit. I read in a book somewhere that your natural instict is to keep following the path you are on over the pass and into the Dunnerdale valley. Don't! It is pretty obvious that you need to take the path to the left to the highest point as the  footpath approaches a wall with a stream.  The path to the summit is quite a bit steeper, but not too challenging.  It is well worth it as the views from the top are superb in all directions.  There is a excellent perspective of Scafell and Scafell Pike and back down the beautiful Eskdale Valley.

There is the added bonus of a couple of rock mounds at the top which add an extra bit of fun to climb. 

 We decended back down the same path until we met the wall and stream again.

At this point we crossed over the wall and took the path back to Penny Hill farm to make this a circular walk.  From the farm its a short walk on a narrow lane back to the main road and a pint in the Woolpack Arms.
We drove back over Hardknott Pass, as the sun was setting and then back through Little Langdale and Coniston to get home. Another fabulous day.