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Hartsop Circular

Hartsop Circular


Postby mike202 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:30 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Caudale Moor, Hartsop Dodd, High Hartsop Dodd, Little Hart Crag, Middle Dodd, Red Screes

Hewitts included on this walk: Little Hart Crag, Red Screes, Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor)

Date walked: 16/04/2015

Time taken: 6

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1150m

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Thursday 16th April 2015 Hartsop circular walk

I set off from Sykeside campsite after a frosty night. The sky was blue and the sun was warming things up quickly. I arrived at Hartsop village and headed for the top car park and the footbridge to cross Pasture Beck.

I had a good view of the first hill of the day, Hartsop Dodd from here. The path follows the wall and then left up the north ridge. It was fairly steep but straightforward climb and I arrived at the top greeted by lovely views all around. I could see all the hills I would be on later.
Hartsop Dodd
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looking back to Hartsop Village
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the path up
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Brother's Water
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Gray Crag zoom
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Cauldale Moor
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Red Screes Dove Crag
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From the top I followed the wall to Stony Cove Pike and had a snack, taking in the scene eastwards.

Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke
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looking west Helvellyn range
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Descending via John Bells Banner, that leads to St Raven’s Edge above Kirkstone Pass, and then to the inn for a refreshing pint. Sitting on a bench outside, I studied the path going up Red Screes which looked very steep, and watched some others going up the hill. The path is actually very good and quite easy to follow being constructed from stone.

Red Screes from St Raven's Edge
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Kirkstone Pass Inn
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At a certain point high up the path abruptly turns left and there is a marker indicating the route. This takes you away from the Kilnshaw chimney route, but I was quite happy to follow this path to the top.
After a short climb from here I soon arrived at the grassy summit plateau and then the trig point at the top. I found a seat sheltered from the cool southerly breeze and had lunch looking north. I had climbed Red Screes several years before; from Scandale, and then down the south ridge back to Ambleside.

Route marker
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The view back to Kirkstone Pass
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Red Screes -summit tarn
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Sca Fell range
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Great Gable and High Stile
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Looking north to Middle Dodd
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I then made the easy descent to Middle Dodd and returned trending right to contour around to Scandale Pass. I should have stayed a bit higher than I did, as there are several streams to cross and wet ground making the going difficult.

Middle Dodd looking back to Red Screes
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Looking up to Little Hart Crag from Scandale Pass
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At Scandale Pass it was a short climb up to Little Hart Crag, the penultimate Wainwright of the day. Again the views were great; there was hardly a cloud in the sky. One particular thing I like about the hills is hearing the sound of larks. I don’t remember hearing many larks today though, apart from one on Hartsop Dodd. Maybe it’s a bit early for them.

Red Screes from Little Hart Crag
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Looking down into Scandale and Scandale Tarn
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St Sunday Crag, with Helvellyn just behind to left
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I followed the ridge to the end lump which is the top of High Hartsop Dodd, so called because it’s higher up the valley than the other ones not higher in elevation. It was a fairly steep descent from here to the valley and the fields of Hartsop Hall farm. Looking back at this fell and Middle Dodd, they look a lot more impressive than from the ridges leading to them.

Top of High Hartsop Dodd looking back along the ridge
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Looking down to Sykeside campsite
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Looking back up at Middle Dodd and High Hartsop Dodd
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What a really great day weather-wise and a memorable round of hills as well. 8)
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