Harter Fell, viewed from Dow Crag

Harter Fell, viewed from Dow Crag.

Height: 2140 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 22nd August 2012 (walk 63).

Harter Fell summit

Clare takes shelter on Harter Fell summit.

Second visit: 28th July 2020 (walk 182).

Bagged as number: First round: Harter Fell has the honour of becoming fell number 200 of 330. [ << Middle Fell (199)  (201) Hard Knott >> ]

Second round: 255 of 330. [ << Boat How (254)  (256) ?? >> ]

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

Second visit: Came up on the other side, from the path coming up from Birks and the Duddon Valley. Descended to Eskdale.

Harter Fell in cloud

Harter Fell from Eskdale.

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.”

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle (aka the giant stone horned rabbit devil)

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, the fell is not easy to get to. Eskdale is a tricky valley to reach whether by public transport or car, and is not a place blessed with clear paths. Although the ascent from Penny Hill looks clear on the OS map and in Wainwright, it is not necessarily easy to find on the ground. Nevertheless there is plenty to see here, including the distinctive stone tor of Maiden Castle (pictured), on the east side, which is not mentioned at all in Wainwright’s pages.

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) >> ]

2 Responses 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 […]

  2. […] 182: Harter Fell (Eskdale) (2140 feet above sea level, number 255 of my second round). 9 miles and 2,300 feet of ascent […]

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