Harter Fell and Small Water

Name of walk Harter Fell and Small Water
Date of walk 2019-02-11
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 4 hours 45 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Harter Fell
Walked with Ged
Parking Mardale Head

On Monday Ged and I drove to Mardale Head in order to walk up to Harter Fell (2,552ft). We would go up via the Gatescarth Pass, enjoy the snow on the summit, and descend down past Small Water on the Nan Bield Pass. A walk of five miles.

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Haweswater dam.

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Looking across to The Rigg and the Riggindale ridge up to High Street. Harter Fell is on the far left. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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High Street and Kidsty Pike. The island is Wood Howe. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Reflections of snowy Mardale Ill Bell.

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Riggindale ridge and The Rigg reflections.

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It is very calm, with virtually no wind. We park at Mardale Head.

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View back to the car park at Mardale Head as we head up the Gatescarth Pass.

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The Pass is steep, rough and winding, but easy.

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Good views down Haweswater.

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We approach the top of the pass.

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Harter Fell.

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The new sign post, in possibly one of the few places where navigation is never a problem!

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The path up to Harter Fell is wide and easy all the way.

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It also affords more excellent views down Haweswater.

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The top comes into view.

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Navigation is never a problem.

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Our shadows take in the view.

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It is windy on this section of the path.

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Blea Water with High Street above.

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The first cairn.

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Low cloud spoils the view of surrounding fells.

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It also obscures the way ahead and the actual summit cairn, which also serves to mark the descent down to the Nan Bield Pass.

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By the time we get there the cloud has passed. We stop and chat to a gentleman from Bolton.

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View back the way we have come.

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I put on my Microspikes for the descent to the Nan Bield Pass. Looking over to Mardale Ill Bell.

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Most of the descent is okay, a few tricky bits, but I take my time. Small Water below is our destination.

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We wind our way down.

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Kentmere Reservoir. Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick above.

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In close up.

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Looking back up the ridge to Harter Fell.

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The other side of the Nan Bield Pass leads down to Kentmere.

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Ged chats to a guy with a dog.

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Approaching the shelter at the top of the Nan Bield Pass. We will head off right down the awkward descent to Small Water. The 'path' is a combination of rock, boulder and scree.

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Small Water with Haweswater beyond. A trick of perspective makes Haweswater seem to be at the same height, which it most certainly isn't!

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The stone shelters beside Small Water were once used by shepherds and travellers on the Nan Bield Pass.

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They are narrow, but long enough to lay down in.

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The view from one of the shelters.

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We cross Small Water's outflow. View back up the way we came down.

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We continue down next to Small Water Beck.

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The car park is now in view.

The walk was easy in ascent but arduous and awkward in descent, and took us four hours and forty five minutes. The excellent views and the crunch of snow underfoot more than made up for this.

Jo.

 

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