Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Green Crag

Name of walk Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Green Crag
Date of walk 2011-05-03
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Excellent visibility and sunshine, but windy.
Peaks on walk Hard Knott, Harter Fell and Green Crag
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Roadside spaces, top of Hard Knott Pass

Yesterday Ged, Kas and I drove to the top of the Hard Knott Pass to climb Hard Knott (1803ft), Harter Fell (2140ft) and Green Crag (1602ft). A walk of nine miles. It was a blue sky day, but rather windy!


Looking down to the Hardknott Pass and my car from the route up Hard Knott. Harter Fell on the right. From the car the summit can be reached in 20 minutes!


The Panorama of the southern Fells: Slight Side, Scafell, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End.


Then: Ill Crag, Great End, Esk Pike, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags. The last time I was up here was with Tom, in mist, so we never got to see this view. I was glad I have got to see the view on a day with such superb visibility.


On the summit cairn. Kas looking a bit wind blown!


View up the Wrynose Pass.


Close up of Scafell and Scafell Pike. I have climbed Scafell Pike six times, but not in the last 17 months, so it is also on my "walks still to do" list.


Close up of Esk Pike and Bowfell, a walk I also need to do again soon.


View over to our route up Harter Fell. We take the track on the left by the forest.....except the forest has been cut down! Our return route, later in the day, is on the far left through the remains of the forest.


Kas gets a drink from one of the tarns. Harter Fell at the back.


We start the long climb up Harter Fell.


The girls posing in their little black numbers.


Looking down to Cockley Beck.


View over Green Crag to Devoke Water and out to sea, from the summit cairn.


Seathwaite Tarn seen just above the cairn. Behind it is Brim Fell, Coniston Old man and Dow Crag.


Another great panorama. The foreground fell is Hard Knott.


Looking over the Eskdale Valley to Whin Rigg and Illgill Head. Eel Tarn in the foreground, Burnmoor Tarn on the right. The fells peeking out at the very back are Lank Rigg, Seatallan and Haycock.


The fells on the far left are Haycock, Yewbarrow, Red Pike and Pillar. Lower to my right is Hard knott Castle.


Close up of Hard Knott Castle, the remains of a Roman Fort called MEDIOBOGDVM, built at the end of the first century AD.


We have a brief stop for lunch and then head down the other side of the fell to cross the bog to Green Crag on the left. A lot of this walk is across potentially boggy ground, but given the very dry weather we have had recently, this was the ideal time to do this walk, especially as rain is due on Thursday!


Thankfully the bog was dry and we made it to the other side without getting wet feet. Looking back to Harter Fell from the start of the climb up Green Crag.


It was very windy on the top, but out of the wind behind the rocks it was lovely and warm in the sunshine, so we stopped for a breather. Looking out to Devoke Water.


Even Kas sits for a while!



Eskdale and Eskdale Moor. Low Birker Tarn on the right.


Close up of Walney Island....home!


We head for the forest edge.



We go through the gate and follow the track through Hard Knott Forest.


This leads to the forest road. On the right of Dow Crag is the track called the Walna Scar Road.


We follow the forest track until a Bridle Path goes off left.


Following the bridle path which eventually takes you to just above Birks.


Just past Kas is a track on the left that leads up the fellside. "Up" being a word one doesn`t really want to hear at this stage of the walk! Unfortunately "up" we have to do in order to gain the height needed to end up at the top of the Hard Knott Pass.


Once the "up" is done we pass through newly planted trees, then end up walking through the cut-down forest. Hard Knott Fell is ahead.



We end up back on the track we started walking to Harter Fell on, and it is only a short walk back to the car. The walk had taken six hours. On the drive home we stopped off at Birks Bridge.

The water was very low, but still plenty of Brown Trout about. The water is always very cold. The last time we were here Tom and I went snorkelling wearing our wet suits. Poor Ged had to brave the cold in just trunks! The water is deeper than it appears. People are able to jump off the bridge into the water, I wouldn`t recommend trying that until after a lot of rain!