Hartsop above How

Hartsop above How, from Dove Crag. Note the two walkers visible in the col (dip in the ridge) on the left side.

Height: 1870 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 4th June 2011 (walk 36).

Hartsop above How summit

Summit rocks of Hartsop above How

Bagged as number: 111 out of 214. [ << Shipman Knotts (110)  (112) Dove Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Ascended from Deepdale Bridge (a.k.a. Bridgend); the only practicable route. Left on the ridge to Hart Crag, except I swerved off the natural line of the ridge halfway along and traversed over to Dove Crag instead.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 1 of his chapter): “The long curving northeast ridge of Hart Crag rises to a separate summit midway, and this summit is generally referred to as Hartsop above How by guidebook writers and mapmakers. Sometimes the three words in the name are hyphenated, sometimes not. Probably the first two should be, but not the last two: the word ‘How’ is common, meaning a low hill, and the distinctive title of this particular How is Hartsop-above, indicating its geographical relationship to the hamlet in the valley below.”

Looking back to Hartsop above How

Looking back to Hartsop above How, from further along the ridge to Hart Crag

What I say: Hartsop above How (or Hartsop-above How) is a ridge rather than a fell as such, but it does have a definite summit – albeit one that is only really clear in retrospect (see the picture), and which doesn’t have a cairn. It’s not a bad climb by any means, the best thing about it being the great views of the crags of Fairfield and Hart Crag ahead.

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