9th March 2008

High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag and Scandale Pass


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 12.00
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 1650 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Brothers Water - Hartsop Hall - High Hartsop Crag - Little Hatr Crag - Scandale Tarn - Scandale Pass - Hartsop Hall - Brothers Water
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Cow Bridge, Hartsop

Found within easy reach of the beautiful Brothers Water, and Dovedale, the car park at Cow Bridge is a popular place for those who are looking for an easy stroll through picturesque countryside. Those who are looking for a longer day on the higher fells will also find this a great place to begin a walk. The more inventive fell walker will find this a great place to devise less obvious but thoroughly enjoyable routes.

Parking is free.


Route Map

We had a bit of everything today, there were a few spots of rain as we left the cars, within five minutes the sun was out and then by the time we reached Hartsop Hall it was raining again, as we gained height however, the rain gave way to sleet and snow all delivered to us by a strong icy wind.

Sunlight illuminating the path above Brothers Water.

High Hartsop Dodd. After passing the building seen here the path literally takes you straight up the front of the fell.

And from the same place, looking back towards Hartsop Hall and Brothers Water.
The double pointed fell in the picture is Angle Tarn Pikes (my favourite fell).

This is one of those "looking straight down" ridges where you'll usually get back home only to realise you've taken twenty or thirty photos of almost the same view. Hardly surprising when the views are as inviting as this one.

And with the weather being so changeable, the view was coming and going at the rate of minutes.

There it is again; this time complete with a rainbow and snow flakes blowing past the camera.

Looking back along the end of the short High Hartsop Dodd Ridge.

The view across to a rather wintry looking Dove Crag.

Scandale Tarn. The name of Little Hart Tarn might be a bit more fitting, given its shape and just how close it is to Little Hart Crag.

And seen at close quarters.

The highest point on Scandale Pass, which wasn't quite as sunny today as it was when I was here a couple of weeks ago.

Heading down the Hartsop / Brothers Water side of Scandale Pass; marked on the map as Caiston Glen.


Caiston Beck causing a slight obstacle for the wall builders.

The smaller of the two ruins we passed on the route between Caiston Beck and Hartsop Hall.

And the larger one.

Hartsop Hall.

Brothers Water with Angle Tarn Pikes behind.

Back at the car now and having one of those "quick take a picture while the sun is out" moments.

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Lake District Walks