|Name of walk||Harter Fell|
|Date of walk||2015-03-19|
|Distance walked (miles)||6|
|Duration of walk||4 hours 25 minutes|
|Weather||Blue skies, but hazy|
|Peaks on walk||Harter Fell|
|Walked with||Ged and blind Kas|
|Parking||Jubilee Bridge, Eskdale|
Finally we get a nice day with no wind, so Ged, Kas and I headed for Eskdale via Birker Fell, parking at Jubilee Bridge at the bottom of the Hardknott Pass. Our route would take us up and around the back of Harter Fell. The weather was quite warm and the sun was shining, so coats were not needed, but the visibility was not great as it was very hazy. The walk was just under six miles and would take us about 4 hours.
Looking down to Jubilee Bridge from the car parking space.
It is a wide, easy path up.
View towards Eskdale.
View towards Bowfell.
Looking up the Hardknott Pass to Hardknott.
The Scafells on the left.
Heading ever upwards.
A wonderful view back into the valley. From right to left Hardknott, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side.
One last view to Eskdale before we head around the back of Harter Fell. At a fork in the grassy path take a left which will take you gently up the side of Harter Fell, if you do not you will be heading for Green Crag and will need to take a left further on when the slope will be steeper! In the end either is fine!
Harter Fell behind Ged.
Still ever upwards!
Kas approaches the rocky outcrops near the summit cairn.
Mountain Man and the cairn.
Me at the cairn.
The panoramic view out is a bit on the hazy side. The Wrynose Pass on the right and Grey Friar. Click to enlarge, and re-click to return.
Looking south west to Green Crag.
Close up over Green Crag to Devoke Water.
View down to Hardknott Roman Fort which we will visit on our way back down to the car.
Hardknott Roman Fort in close up.
Our lunch spot.
We head down aiming for the top of the Hardknott Pass.
The terrain is bleak and boggy. The path does traverse one small ravine.
Once past a very boggy section.....I went in up to my shin......there is a fence with a gate and a stile, just climb over and follow the fence to your right.
A large plane flies low up the Wrynose Pass on the left of the photo.
We head for the gate.
Go through yet another gate and head up by the fence if you want to get a great view down the Hardknott Pass, if not follow around to the right and you will come out at the top of the pass by the 'Footpath sign'.
A view down the Hardknott Pass.
We skirt the ravine and aim for the road. Hardknott slopes beyond.
We head off down the pass.
Then take the footpath towards the fort.
View back up the Hardknott Pass.
View from inside the fort.
The Granary. The fort, which was named Mediobogdum, was built in the second century AD during Hadrian's reign. Its altitude is 800ft.
Ged heads for a viewpoint up the valley.
Slight Side and the Scafells.
The view up the valley
One of the angle towers.
The Commandant's House.
Map showing how it once should have looked.
The walk took us 4 hours and 25 minutes, but that includes lunch and time for a look around the fort. Good to see Spring finally arrive. We stopped off at the Woolpack Inn on the way home for some well deserved re-hydration.