23rd August 2008

A higgledy-piggledy route from Hartsop


Walk Overview
Time 08.40 to 13.30
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 3200 ft
Walking with On my own
Hartsop - (below) Brock Crags - Satura Crag - The Nab - Rest Dodd - Rampsgill Head - Kidsty Pike - The Knott - Hayeswater - Filter House - Hartsop
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hartsop Village

Unspoilt, sums up the lovely village of Hartsop; apart from the car park that is. At least it is tucked away beyond a narrow gap between the buildings at the top of the village.

The car park is free and offers almost instant access to the surrounding fells. The number of different walks you can do from here are jut too many to list.


Route Map

What a gorgeous morning is was as I set out from Hartsop. However, with the build up of cloud during the second half of the walk, I realised should have set off a couple of hours earlier. Not that I'm complaining mind you, mornings like this have been few and far between this year, so each one is looked upon as a nice bonus.

An extremely clear Hartsop Dodd seen as I made my way up the bottom of the track on the northern side of Hayeswater Gill.

Shortly after taking the previous picture I left the track, headed up hill and took a sort of zigzag route up to the fellside near Brock Crags. To gain height quickly, I made use of the diagonal paths running down the side of the fell. To link them together I took a short, but very steep off path route up the side of this unnamed gill.


Well, this was the initial point I'd headed for on the walk and even if the route was a bit of an odd one, it did get me here fairly quickly. From here I could make my way across to The Nab.

Not the best picture I know, but this was just one of the many groups of Deer I saw as I traversed the fellside below Rest Dodd.


The Nab. I did think about dropping down this little ridge to Yewgrove Gill and then heading up to the summit. However, after a couple of minutes staring at the boggy section next to the gill I thought better of it and stuck to the normal route.

A close up of Angle Tarn.

The route across to The Nab was far from dry, but I have to say it wasn't nearly as wet as I'd expected it to be. Apart from a couple of places where I wasn't quite brave enough to 'give it a go', I managed to walk straight through most of the peat hags, where my major concern was slipping rather then sinking.

You'll have to take my word for it, but this was a deep one. If I'd have ended up in there I should think the walk would have been brought to an abrupt end.

The Nab summit cairn.

Heading back across the ridge now to start the climb up Rest Dodd.

This precarious looking stile is found at the point where the easy going grassy ridge turns into a steep, puffing and panting climb up to Rest Dodd. Thankfully, about half way up I met a group of people from Carlisle who were more then happy to stop and chat for ten minutes or so.

Rest Dodd and The Nab.


Rampsgill Head from below.

And the view from above the crags, looking down to Ramps Gill. (The Nab is on the left of the gill)

Next stop was Kidsty Pike for a view down to Riggindale and Haweswater.

Sunshine on Twopenny Crag.

The Knott.
A prize easily won from this direction, not the case from the other side of the fell though.

Hayeswater seen from 'the other side of the fell'.

And again.

Hayeswater's outflow.

In this case none of the pictures were up to much, but anyone who likes to see waterfalls will enjoy this route back to Hartsop, rather than the normal route found higher up from Hayeswater Gill.

Hayeswater Gill.

The view back up Hayeswater Gill.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks