Hart Side, from Sheffield Pike

Hart Side, from Sheffield Pike

Height: 2481 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

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

Hart Side

Looking back to Hart Side, from the walk to Stybarrow Dodd

Second visit: 9th January 2019 (walk 157).

Bagged as number: First round: 151 of 330. [ << Watson’s Dodd (150)  (152) Sheffield Pike >> ]

Second round: 180 of 330. 150 to go… [ << Gowbarrow Fell (179)  (181) Stybarrow Dodd >> ]

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

Second visit: More or less the same ascent only this time Gowbarrow Fell was done first, though I still came up via the Brown Hills path. This time, left for Stybarrow Dodd.

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.”

Ullswater from the Brown Hills

Ullswater from the Brown Hills

What I say: On both visits 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 is extremely long and dull. I do wonder where everyone goes after coming up from the Brown Hills but up to the summit doesn’t seem a popular option, going on the lack of paths. This does spoil Hart Side somewhat, which is a shame, as it does also have the distinction of having both my visits graced with exceptionally good weather — and both in January, too.

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One Response to “Hart Side”

  1. […] waste sat in an office so out I went to Ullswater. Walk 157 bagged me three fells, Gowbarrow Fell, Hart Side (now bagged in excellent weather on both rounds) and Stybarrow Dodd — and the rather good […]

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