Harter Fell, Gatescarth Pass,
Grey Crag, Great Howe
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||Overcast and hazy with some
drizzle in the afternoon
||For today's walk I decided
to combine parts of previous walks in this area. Heading
up to Shipman Knotts the ground was quite boggy but
there were also some good scrambly bits. Continuing on
to Kentmere Pike entailed descent and ascent - much of
what today's route had in store. After hopping over the
wall briefly to reach the trig point I carried on to
Harter Fell with its cairn sporting old fence parts. The
views over the nearby fells were hampered by the hazy
conditions. After making my way across the ridge
Haweswater came into view, but not the lovely blue I
have seen before, due to the overcast skies. After
descending Gatescarth Pass for a short time I made my
way across a pathless section to begin the climb to the
survey pillar on Tarn Crag. Walking past the cairn
(Wainwright) I made my way to the fence before once
again descending and then climbing to Grey Crag. My
route then led across to Great Howe and through the
bracken to the rocky cleft leading back down to Sadgill.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
The cairn on Shipman Knotts is a modest affair . .
but it has good views across to Windermere . . .
and to the trio of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick
Kentmere Pike sports a trig point on one side of
the wall . . .
and a cairn on the other (the side you walk on)
Harter Fell, looking across to High Street and
and along the fence line which the route follows
Haweswater and The Rigg
Climbing the flanks of Tarn Crag - I check out the
pathless route I took from the Longsleddale track
Mosedale Valley . . .
and Mosedale Cottage
From higher up the descent from Harter Fell and
the Longsleddale track can be seen
On Tarn Crag are the remains of a surveying
pillar. This unusual stone and concrete construction is
cleft at the top to provide a sight line and was originally
surrounded by a wooden frame, now decayed.
This is one of four such pillars built during the construction of
the Haweswater aqueduct
Nearby is the cairn detailed in Wainwrights Far
Eastern Fells Pictorial Guide
Grey Crag is the last Wainwright of the day . . .
and normally has a lovely view down Longsleddale
From Great Howe it looks like some rain is on its
A cleft in the rocky outcrop leads the way down to
Sadgill . . .
and looking back across the bracken to the cleft
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