Harter Fell occupies a relatively isolated position overlooking the Eskdale valley and this Lake District walk offers some wonderful views towards Scafell and Scafell Pike. The route also includes a visit to pretty Low Birker Tarn, which sees relatively few visitors.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)The walk starts from the car park at the foot of the Hardknott Pass and follows a path roughly south west in parallel to the main valley. It starts easily enough and then leads gradually upwards along the side of the lower reaches of Harter Fell with views of the Eskdale valley opening up below to the right with the Scafell range in the background. After the path contours Harter Fell in a south to south east direction for about half a mile without any noticeable height gain, it suddenly branches off to the left and takes a "route one" approach to the top. This is the one really steep section that is likely to increase your heart rate before long as the route climbs somewhat unrelentingly up the grassy felllside. It is not until it nearly reaches the upper reaches of the mountain that the gradient eases off.
(1)The summit area, which has a trig point to mark the very top, is notable for its outcrops of clusters of rocks which offer scrambling opportunities. The author takes the view that tarns, as well as summits, are worthwhile walk objectives and therefore the return route takes in Low Birker Tarn, rather than repeating the outgoing route in reverse. Walk back down the steep path to the junction with the path from Eskdale which you then follow for about a quarter of a mile before leaving the path and walking across pathless ground between Dow Crag and Kepple Crag to reach the tarn.
(2)Low Birker Tarn is one of the prettier, but less well-known, tarns in the Lake District. Choose a sunny day, and it may appear as a royal blue colour. Through the crystal clear waters of the tarn, in places, submerged tree roots can be seen. Green Crag provides a good backdrop to a photo of the tarn as well as offering an alternative area to explore on the return route.
(3)A clear path leads down back to Eskdale, zig-zagging in places to Low Birker Farm and then back along a path to the east by Penny Hill Farm to rejoin the car park.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 377ft - Start: Hardknott Pass car park
1 : mi 1.66 - alt. 2080ft - Harter Fell
2 : mi 3.94 - alt. 820ft - Low Birker Tarn
3 : mi 4.69 - alt. 299ft - Low Birker Farm
D/A : mi 6.62 - alt. 371ft - Finish: Hardknott Pass car park
Harter Fell has an altitude of 2,128 feet and is situated in a relatively isolated position overlooking the Eskdale valley. As it does not readily link up with any other mountains, it does not see many walkers. However, its' isolation does give it one main plus point, and that is the all round view that it commands, particularly towards the Scafell range and the Coniston mountains. Harter Fell is situated between the Eskdale and Duddon valleys, which means that each valley offers a starting point and this route starts from Eskdale. For the most part, this is a walk of gentle gradients, but there is one notable exception.
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This challenging Lake District walk includes Scafell and Scafell Pike in a single circuit using the long approach from the Esk Valley. There are some sections of the route that require care and experience in map reading is essential.
A Lake District walk to a summit often only visited in passing. The route starts in Eskdale and takes a direct approach to the top.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 3 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.
A lovely walk taking in the excellent and interesting Crinkle Crags and with great views down Great Langdale, over to the Scafell group and south down the Duddon Valley. The start up Little Stand and the descent from Ore Gap are without the heavily trodden paths now common in the Lake District.
There are a few small parking spaces near Cockley Beck heading west towards Hardknott Pass. Please park sensibly so other walkers and climbers and get in too.
A long and interesting walk from Hall Dunnerdale which could also be started from other places nearby. You will take in some lovely rolling countryside followed by a gradual ascent up a picturesque valley before making the climb up to Brown Pike. From here you are on the high Lakeland fells and take in numerous tops including the Old Man of Coniston. You descend carefully to Seathwaite Tarn and then back to Seathwaite where the Newfield Inn will welcome you with great beer and food.
This Lake District walk is strenuous including seven summits in what can be a tiring day. Good navigational skills are essential when visibility is poor. The rewards for the hard work are numerous and you will enjoy many wonderful lakeland panaoramas completing the walk.
This linear walk in the Western Lake District offers some wonderful views and should be completed at a leisurely pace. The route uses the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway to the return to the start.
The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 5 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.
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