Hart Side, from Sheffield Pike

Hart Side, from Sheffield Pike

Height: 2481 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 13th January 2012 (walk 48). First fell bagged in 2012.

Bagged as number: 148 of 214. [ << Watson’s Dodd (147)  (149) Sheffield Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Ascended from Park Brow Foot, via Aira Force and the Brown Hills. Left around Glencoyne Head and on to Sheffield Pike.

Hart Side summit

Hart Side summit, Blencathra behind

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “The main watershed at Stybarrow Dodd sends out a long spur to the east, which curves north from the subsidiary height of Green Side and continues at an elevated level until it is poised high above Ullswater before descending in wide slopes to the open country around Dockray.… The upper slopes of this bulky mass are unattractive in themselves, but, in strong contrast, the steep flank overlooking Ullswater is beautifully wooded, while the views of the lake from the Brown Hills, midway along the ridge, are of high quality.”

What I say: Hart Side was ranking very highly in my estimation, despite a somewhat boggy ascent, due to these views of the lake, until the last mile or so of the climb which was extremely long and dull. It’s not a particularly exciting fell, but the weather on the day I climbed it was so glorious that we can forgive it its failings.

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