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Friday, June 30, 2006

Hartsop Above How

Hartsop Above How

Determined to squeeze in at least one conventional fell walk on our otherwise unconventionally gentle walking holiday, we headed over the Kirkstone Pass to Patterdale. From the car park at Cowbridge, we climbed steeply up through Low Wood, which was something of an ordeal in the sweltering heat. Once above the treeline, however the views back towards Kirkstone, down into the Hartsop vale and along the ridge to Patterdale were wonderful. Ahead of us the ridge led enticingly away towards craggy fells, with views either side into Deepdale and Dovedale. Marvellous.

We only went as far as the summit of Hartsop Above How, a fine vantage point from which to admire the more substantial fells ahead, but that's not to say that we didn't find these various Crags - Dove, Hart and Scrubby - an almost irresistibly enticing prospect. Joined by some inquisitive visitors, however, we settled for having some coffee and cake there while we admired St Sunday Crag on the other side of Deepdale. Retracing our steps along the ridge, we enjoyed some more hazy views of Patterdale and even encountered some unexpected old friends on the way down.

A thrilling high-level walk to end our week on, and one that we shall no doubt revisit at a later date...


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