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Harter Fell - Lake District's best kept secret
by Jaxter » Wed Sep 30, 2020 6:58 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Harter Fell (Southern Fells)
Hewitts included on this walk: Harter Fell (Southern Fells)
Date walked: 18/09/2020
Time taken: 2.55
Distance: 6.25 km
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We had thought to have a crack at getting up the Langdale Pikes today, but I was just too tired from the last few days. We both had the day off though, and decided on Harter Fell, which is an easy walk from the top of the Hardknott Pass. The drive however....I hadn't been across the Wrynose & Hardknott passes since I was a kid and the complete mentalness of them took me by surprise
We managed to get parked at the top of the Hardknott (we had wondered if we'd have an issue)
Ahead to Harter Fell
Malky may be giving birth to his rucksack here...
Unfortunately we had to drop down a bit before really getting into the climb, but as we gained a bit of height we started to see the big hills poking through - this promised to be a good hill!
The Scafells poking out
Sheep leading the way - this must be about the only hill in the Lake District that doesn't have a big path up it! It was quite refreshing actually, although I was definitely pondering whether trail shoes were a good idea...
Isle of Mann poking out from behind some impressive crags
We finally had mobile signal - I had a call to make which only took a couple of minutes but unfortunately a friend of Malky's phoned him so we had a longer break than anticipated It did give me a chance to get a look at the Hardknott Hill Fort which is impressive from above!
The views to the Scafells were pretty good too!
Pillar poking out
The final climb was rocky (especially as we'd lost the path ) but the views from the summit were awesome
Isle of Mann
Summit of Harter Fell! (except it wasn't - we had to climb a big rock for that)
Coniston Old Man
We struggled to climb up the big summit rock before discovering that there was a really easy way up the other side
We sat around and enjoyed the views for a while - there was one other person at the summit, the only other person we'd seen on the hill. Harter Fell - Cumbia's best kept secret?
After a while it was time to go - we managed to follow the path down from the summit this time which made things easier!
Then Malky had one of his Really Good Ideas which involved tussocks, bog and wet feet. This coincided with my energy disappearing and the final walk back to the car was a bit of a struggle
Yet another lovely day in the Lakes
Back at the car I was able to relax whereas Malky had to drive us all the way back across the passes...stunning but pretty hardcore
Looking down the Wrynose Pass
The brakes didn't feel great by the time we got to the bottom, but we were back and happy to relax into a shower, a cup of tea and some dinner
Next day - a great Place to camp
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by Gordie12 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:10 pm
by Jaxter » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:37 pm
Gordie12 wrote:Or he could be riding an imaginary horse....................
Good point....but does one normally have such a look of pain on their face when riding a horse? (never tried so have only got Lord of the Rings as reference...)
by Gordie12 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:40 pm
by Jaxter » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:43 pm
Gordie12 wrote:That was the bit that was confusing me as well so maybe he's riding his imaginary horse whilst giving birth to his rucksack.....................
I would agree with you except I know how poor he is at multi-tasking
by Gordie12 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:49 pm
by Jaxter » Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:10 pm
Gordie12 wrote:i had one other thought but that's definitely for after the watershed so I'll leave it there.
by past my sell by date » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:38 pm
two cars or helpful friends are needed
by Sgurr » Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:54 pm