Hartsop Fells

Hartsop fells

Far Eastern Lake District

Route: Five Fells from Hartsop

Area: Far Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 13th August 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.5 miles

Weather: Mainly overcast, but bright spells later on. Windy on tops

Today’s walk visited five Wainwright fells in the far east of the district, known collectively as the ‘Hartsop Fells’. I parked in the car park at the far end of Hartsop village and took the wide path which follows Hayeswater Gill following this for about a mile. The path leading up the nose of Gray Crag isn’t obvious and I needed to keep a sharp lookout along the way for signs of it. Having found it, there followed a long trudge up the slopes of the fell. This was the key to the walk – once I’d gained the summit of Gray Crag the rest of the walk was relatively easy going

I made my way along the ridge to Thornthwaite Crag, then onto High Street. On the way to High Raise I made a spur of the moment change of plan and diverted to Kidsty Pike which was looking irresistible. After enjoying the views from the Pike I went over to High Raise and then came back down over Rampsgill Head. I can hardly claim to have climbed Rampsgill Head, I simply walked over it on the way down

I descended to the foot of Hayewater and rejoined the wide track leading back into Hartsop. I’ve made quite a few visits to the far eastern fells in recent months and it’s become one of my favourite areas. Today was another wonderful day out in this often overlooked part of the Lake District

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