If you're wanting to be inventive with your routes, you could do a lot worse than begin a walk on Hartsop Above How. This fell is in a great location as the north east ridge running off from Hart Crag. Getting onto the fell can easily be done straight from the car park at Cow Bridge and although this is a delightful ridge in it's own right, it generally acts as a superb way of gaining access to the main ridge at Hart Crag.
The length of the ridge is deceptively long and by the time you reach the final climb off the fell you always feel like you've been walking for much longer than you should have been. When you look back down the whole length of the fell however, you understand why.
The views across to the far eastern fells are fantastic from here, but the most interesting or perhaps intriguing view isn't that of any distant fells, it's of the illusive Priest's Hole below Dove Crag. From the low point just past Blake Brow you get what is probably the best view of the cave. Given that most people set out to 'hunt about' and 'look' for the Priest's Hole, the obvious thing is to walk across here and locate the cave the easy way.