Dovedale Horseshoe and the Priest Hole

Name of walk Dovedale Horseshoe and the Priest Hole
Date of walk 2010-08-08
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 6 hours 30 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk High Hartsop Dove, Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Bakestones, Hartsop Above How
Walked with Brendan and Tom
Parking Cow Bridge Car Park

We don`t usually bother to go out on Bank Holidays as I hate the traffic and crowds. But we decided to go out early on Monday and have a family walk somewhere quiet. So we did the Dovedale Horseshoe which includes High Hartstop Dodd (1702ft), Little Hart Crag (2091ft), Dove Crag (2603ft), a visit to the Priest Hole and Hartsop Above How (1870ft). A walk of over seven miles. We arrived at Cow Bridge car park just after nine.

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Brendan and Tom at Brothers Water.

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The track besides the lake that leads past Hartsop Hall

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Once past the Hall you go left over a small bridge and across a field, until you reach another bridge and the steep ascent of High Hartsop Dodd comes into view.

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Tom taking a breather before attempting the slope to come!

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The boys take their time.

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Angle Tarn Pikes behind Brothers water.

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Almost at the top!

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Rather a disappointing summit cairn after all that effort! We head for Little Hart Crag straight ahead.

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The view down the Scandale Valley to Windermere from Little Hart Crag. Scandale Tarn below.

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View across to Dove Crag. The summit cairn of High Bakestones on the far left.

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We headed up towards Dove Crag, but detoured first to the High Bakestones Cairn. View down to Windermere.

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The cairn at High Bakestones.

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From the route to Dove Crag you could see all of the Fairfield Horseshoe and across to Crinkle Crags.

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And to Great Gable, Scoat Fell, Steeple and Pillar.

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Looking to Hart Crag and Fairfield. We need to head off right down the path that leads into Dovedale.

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Heading down with Hartsop Above How ahead.

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We bear left to the front of Dove Crag and look up at the Priest Hole (top left). A steep route up but well worth the effort. It was to be our lunch spot.

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View out from the cave to the long ridge of Hartsop Above How, with Arnison Crag, Birks and the slopes of St. Sunday Crag beyond. Place Fell middle centre.

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Looking all the way over to Loadpot Hill and the far eastern fells.

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The box contains a guest book and some emergency supplies.....and an almost empty bottle of vodka!

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Lunch from our room with a view!

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The view down into Dovedale.

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It is a steep route up and down.

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We headed across the moraines for Hartsop Above How. Looking back to Dove Crag.

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Summit of Hartsop Above How. It took us two hours to walk the ridge, it is long and undulating.

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Just when you think there is no more up.

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Looking back to Dove Crag on the left......Hart Crag on the right.

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Ullswater peeking out on the left. Deepdale below.

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. Looking across Brothers Water to Hartsop Dodd, behind that is Gray Crag and behind that, The Knott.

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Looking up the Kirkstone Pass.

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Tom having a rest.

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Route to Boredale Hause is very clear. Tom and Brendan head towards the final steep descent to the car park.

The walk took just over six and a half hours. Good weather all day. Just a bit windy on the Dove Crag ridge. Very few people about, but the car park was packed when we returned, so we were wise to go early. We stopped off at the Kirkstone Inn for a drink on the way back.
Jo.
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