Brock Crags from Hartsop Dodd

Brock Crags from Hartsop Dodd. Picture taken (like so many others of fells in the vicinity, and for obvious reason) on walk 66.

Height: 1842 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 5th May 2012 (walk 55)

Bagged as number:  172 of 214. [ << The Nab (171)  (173) Seathwaite Fell >> ]

Brock Crags summit

Brock Crags summit cairn.

Route of ascent and descent:    Approached by branching off the main High Street path near the top of Satura Crag. Descended to Hartsop, by following down the old wall – this is practical, but extremely steep.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “The still unspoilt village of Hartsop has great charm and its environment is one of quiet loveliness, much of it contributed by the hanging woods of the steep fell that rises immediately behind. This fell, Brock Crags, is an offshoot of the ridge coming down to Ullswater from the main High Street watershed, and overlooks a meeting of many valleys: a feature in the view from the rocky top.”

Threshwaite valley

Great view of the valley of Threshthwaite (aka Pasture Beck), on the descent from Brock Crags

What I say: Brock Crags risked being highly incidental on this walk, as I was definitely on the way down at this point (and pushed for time); the approach along the top does not make it feel like a separate fell.

But it wins points for having the best view of the whole walk. Wainwright is right in his observation – I reckoned that no fewer than seven valleys can be seen combining into the single strath of Goldrill Beck, which flows then into Ullswater; these being (from left to right, or east to west) Hayeswater, Pasture Beck/Threshthwaite, Caudale Beck, Kirkstone Beck, Caiston Beck, Dovedale and Deepdale. There is a particularly fine view of Threshthwaite on the descent (see the picture).

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