Little Hart Crag, from Hartsop Dodd

Little Hart Crag, from Hartsop Dodd. The double summit is visible. The slopes behind are those of Dove Crag. High Hartsop Dodd curves down to bottom right.

Height: 2091 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: 16 out of 330. [ << Middle Dodd (15)  (17) High Hartsop Dodd >> ] Second round: 157 of 330. [ << High Hartsop Dodd (156)  (158) Angletarn Pikes >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Scandale Pass. Left first to High Hartsop Dodd, then after coming back from that subsidiary height, ascended to the Dove Crag – High Pike ridge.

Little Hart Crag summit

Summit cairn, Little Hart Crag

Second visit: Came up from Hartsop Hall via High Hartsop Dodd. Descended via Scandale to Ambleside.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 1 of his chapter): “Little Hart Crag is the sentinel of Scandale Pass, four miles north of Ambleside, and takes its duty of guarding the pass very seriously and proudly, It has the appearance, in fact, of a crouching watchdog, facing Scandale and missing nothing of the happenings there…. It is really a very junior member in a company of grand hills and quite overshadowed by Red Screes and Dove Crag; but it has individuality and an interesting double summit which commands delightful views of Scandale and Dovedale.”

What I say: I liked the rocky summit and this seems a decent, rugged little fell. Like others bagged on walk 5, it took me a second visit to appreciate it properly. Note that while Wainwright mentions a possible ascent up Hoggett Gill, looked at ‘in the flesh’ it appears rather fearsome and without much guidance in the text about how to go about it, I am glad I didn’t try it. My advice is to come up over High Hartsop Dodd: a steep climb, but not an unpleasant one.

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One Response to “Little Hart Crag”

  1. […] 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, the surrounding area is very […]

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