High Hartsop Dodd

High Hartsop Dodd, and the perfect drumlin, from Dovedale

Height: 1702 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 9th September 2009 (walk 5). Second visit: 21st July 2018 (walk 149).

Bagged as number: First round: 17 out of 330. [ << Little Hart Crag (16)   (18) High Pike (Ambleside) >> ]

High Hartsop Dodd from the back

High Hartsop Dodd tries its hardest to appear separate. Angletarn Pikes in the background.

Second round: 156 of 330. [ << Arnison Crag (155)  (157) Little Hart Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Both approached the summit, and left it, along the ridge to Little Hart Crag.

Second visit: Gave it a proper ascent from Hartsop Hall below. A steep climb, but not an unpleasant one. Left, again, for Little Hart Crag.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “High Hartsop Dodd, seen from the valley near Brothers Water, has the appearance of an isolated mountain with a peaked summit and steep sides, a very shapely pyramid rising from green fields. But in fact it is merely the termination of a spur of a higher fell, Little Hart Crag, which it partly hides from view, and its uninteresting grassy summit has little distinction….”

High Hartsop Dodd

High Hartsop Dodd, from Hartsop Hall.

What I say: On walk 5 I  spent a very pleasant 20 minutes on the top of this fell, sitting in the grass on a beautiful September lunchtime, eating my sandwiches and listening to the complete silence. As you will know if you have suffered through the story of this walk (what patience…), this is the point at which things took a turn for the worse.

Perhaps it was this poor memory that subsequently gave me something of a downer on this fell and a feeling that of all the main 214 Wainwrights, this is the one that least deserves to be counted as a separate fell; from very few angles does it look like anything other than a spur at the end of Little Hart Crag, and it doesn’t even really have a summit. However, my second visit, where I gave the fell a proper ascent, did convince me that it deserves its status. The climb up the slope, while certainly steep, is not too bad on the whole and coupled with a visit to its parent fell, it makes for a worthwhile walk.

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One Response to “High Hartsop Dodd”

  1. […] the territory of that walk and so a chance to reacquaint myself with a couple of the fells therein, High Hartsop Dodd (pictured above) and Little Hart Crag. And while this is never going to be seen as a classic walk, […]

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