12th September 2009

Stony Cove Pike and Hartsop Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 13.30
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 2580 ft
Walking with On my own
Hartsop - Pasture Bottom - Thresthwaite Mouth - Stony Cove Pike - Caudale Moor - Rough Edge - Caudale Quarry - Caudale - Hartsop Dodd - Hartsop
Fells visited
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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

It looked like it was going to be another gorgeous day again, and as seen as though I'd left home with no plans at all, the question was, where to walk? As with most of my days on the fells, it was just going to be a case of seeing what took my fancy, but I'd hardly got to the end of the road today when the idea of heading to Hartsop and doing a walk which included the ruins of the disused Caudale quarry came to mind.

St Sunday Crag, Birks and Arnison Crag, all seen from the track leading towards Pasture Bottom.
Yes, I know I'm supposed to be an adult, but you try telling someone you've walked through a place called Pasture Bottom without wanting to laugh or pass some daft comment.

Looking into , , , , the place mentioned in the previous picture.

And the view back, the area in shade is the lower slopes of Gray Crag and the fell in the sun is Brock Crags.

At some point along the way, Pasture Bottom becomes Threshthwaite Cove; the area with the beck running through it.

Looking across to Thornthwaite Crag from the steep climb up to Stony Cove Pike.

Not quite as steep now as the view opens up to reveal Gray Crag, High Street, Kidsty Pike, Rampsgill Head, The Knott and Rest Dodd.

A somewhat hazy view across to Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.

Caudale Moor, Red Screes and in the distance the Crinkle Crags to Esk Pike Ridge.

The two larger of the tarns on Caudale Moor.

Mark Atkinson's monument.

To reach the old quarries I needed to begin a descent down Rough Edge before cutting down into Caudale proper. At first glance it may look like an unnecessary loss of height only to need regained again in order to reach the Hartsop Dodd ridge, but it didn't feel too bad at all.

Middle Dodd and Red Screes above Kirkstone Pass.

One of the many ruins found around the quarries.


The route I took to the ridge followed the groove you can see across the fellside.


On the Hartsop Dodd ridge now and looking up to Caudale Moor, which looks as flat from this angle as it feels when you're up there.

The final section of the ridge leading to the summit Hartsop Dodd.

Hartsop Dodd summit.


A close up of Hartsop.

And not so close up, but what a view. It has to be one of the best in the Lake District.

It's only from the fells up here that you see the true shape of Brothers Water. If the truth be told, it doesn't look nearly as attractive from a distance as it does at close quarters.

Looking down to Dovedale. The fells above are, High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Hartsop above How, Hart Crag and Fairfield.


Gray Crag and The Knott.

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