Harter Fell, viewed from Dow Crag

Harter Fell, viewed from Dow Crag. Picture taken on walk 25.

Height: 2140 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Harter Fell summit crags

Harter Fell summit crags (about 15 feet high, at a guess). Clare’s body positioning gives some idea of the weather up there at the time.

Date climbed: 22nd August 2012 (walk 63)

Bagged as number:  197 of 214. [ << Middle Fell (196)  (198) Hard Knott >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Ascended from Eskdale. Descended to Hardknott Pass, then went on to Hard Knott.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Not many fells can be described as beautiful but the word fits Harter Fell, especially so when viewed from Eskdale. The lower slopes on this flank climb steeply from the tree-lined curves of the River Esk in a luxurious covering of bracken, higher is a wide belt of heather, and finally spring grey turrets and ramparts of rock to a neat and shapely pyramid…. The fell is not only good to look at, but good to climb, interest being well sustained throughout and reaching a climax in the last few feet, an upthrust of naked rock where the walker must turn cragsman if he is to enjoy the magnificent panorama from the uttermost point.”

Harter Fell from Eskdale

Harter Fell from Eskdale

What I say: Definitely a good-looking fell, particularly in the evening light, as you see here. The rocky turrets on the top are very distinctive and fun to scramble around. However, as with so many fells at the moment, I could not get the full effect due to low cloud, so the apparently impressive panorama went unseen. This was a shame, as I’d actually been looking forward to this one, from what I’d previously seen of it, and read about it. I would like another go at the fell at some point, which I suppose is a good sign.

Note: There are two Harter Fells, the other one being over towards Mardale Head and hence known as Harter Fell (Mardale) as opposed to this one, Harter Fell (Eskdale).

[ << Hart Side      Harter Fell (Mardale) >> ]

One Response to “Harter Fell (Eskdale)”

  1. […] off the four-day break in Eskdale with two further walks: walk 63 took me round Harter Fell and Hard Knott and walk 64 up the valley pictured here – Upper Eskdale – over Crinkle […]

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