16th March 2008

Birks Bridge to Harter Fell and Wallobarrow Crag


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 14.50
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 2725 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Birks Bridge - Birks - Harter Fell - Grassguards Gill - Grassguards - Wallowbarrow Crag - High Wallowbarrow - River Duddon - Birks Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Birks Bridge, Duddon Valley

For the time being at least, Duddon Valley seems to have escaped the overcrowding that many other areas of the Lake District now endure. This can easily be attributed to the notable absence of any sizable towns of villages and time it takes to get there.

The car park here is just off the main road, it's free and I've never seen it full.


Route Map

The beautiful River Duddon taken from the rocky riverbank near Briks Bridge.

The pointed top of Bow Fell sticking out from behind Crinkle Crags (both with snow on), moving to the right you can also see Little Stand and Cold Pike. All seen from the path we followed from Birks Bridge to Birks.

Our route took us straight up the fellside, on the right of the trees.

Looking across to Grey Friar.

After a succession of false summits the top finally comes into view.

Green Crag on the left of the picture (front) and Yoadcastle in shade at the back. The right hand side of the photo shows Crook Crag in front of Devoke Water, and of course the Irish Sea if behind everything else.

Just before we reach the top of Harter Fell we could see the snow ( or was it rain ) falling on the high fells surrounding Upper Eskdale. Thankfully we never got more than a couple of spots of rain and one or two snow flakes.

The view down to Eskdale from Harter Fell summit. There is actually a rainbow in the picture, but you'll need to look carefully for it.

And the summit trig point.

Some rather ominous looking black clouds were moving in our direction and leaving slightly clearer conditions above Upper Eskdale.

Depending on how you like to think about things, this photo was taken from the low point between Harter Fell and Green Crag, or alternatively, you could say it was taken from the highest point on this particular route between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley.

Harter Fell, taken at the point where we crossed Grassguards Gill.

What a lovely spot.
Something has caught Andrew's attention in Grassguards Gill, or perhaps he was just waiting patiently for me to get out of the way.

Another view across to Harter Fell, this one was taken from the track between Grassguards and Wallowbarrow Crag.


Yet another picture with Harter Fell in it, but this one includes Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, Little Stand and Cold Pike as well.

A result of photographing into the sun hasn't produced as good a picture as I'd have liked, but this photo of the Duddon Valley seen from the top of Wallowbarrow Crag still goes someway to showing off this wonderful part of the Lake District. And while Newlands Valley is my personal favourite for lower level walking, I have to admit that Duddon Valley is arguably the most beautiful of all the dales in the Lake District.

A close up of the little hamlet of Seathwaite (not the Borrowdale one).

One of the climbers on Wallowbarrow Crag. Needless to say this was not the same route as I took !!

And looking back to Wallowbarrow Crag. The climber in the previous photo was on the left hand section of the crag.

A sad reminder of the times indeed. This onetime valuable commodity is worth so little these days, that the fleeces are best used is as a source of insulation for newly planted trees.

Walking through the woods next to the River Duddon.

And the River Duddon itself.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks