Harter Fell and Green Crag

Name of walk Harter Fell and Green Crag
Date of walk 2008-05-20
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 5 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine
Peaks on walk Harter Fell, Green Crag
Walked with Janet Kendall, Poppy and Miffy the dogs
Parking Birks Bridge car park

On Tuesday Janet the dogs and me went up Harter Fell (2140ft) and Green Crag (1602ft) from Birks in the Duddon Valley. A walk of about 7 miles.


Photo taken from the bridge at the Birks car park looking towards Harter Fell


We walked through a small bluebell wood to Birks Bridge..


Birks Bridge, where Tom and I go snorkelling in the summer.


The water is very clear.


The cascades.


We walked towards Birks and took the scree path up to the pointed rock at the top. That is not the summit, just the first stage as this close up the summit cannot be seen. Poppy and Miffy run on ahead.


Looking back down to Birks from the first section.


From higher Seathwaite Tarn can be seen on the other side, the water is looking very low. The hills behind are Swirl How, Brim Fell, the pointed Dow Crag, Buck Pike and Brown Pike.


Looking up the Wrynose Pass. Esk Pike, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags on the left, Great Carrs on the right.


Ordnance survey cairn....but not the highest point, that`s a rocky crag just behing me out of picture.




Illgill Head and a glimpse of Burnmoor Tarn, Seatallan, Haycock,Yewbarrow, Red Pike and Pillar. Great How in front leading to Slight Side and the Scafells.


Slight Side, Scafell, Scafell Pike, Great End , Esk Pike, the pointed Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.


Looking down on Wallowbarrow Crag, Walney Island and the Duddon Estuary


Green Crag, our next destination, is in the middle. Crook Crag to the right with Devoke Water behind. But first we have to climb all the way down.


Looking at our route down Harter Fell. We then had to cross through a bog (brown area) and make for higher ground. We had lunch just at the edge of the trees and watched a party of four men work their way across the bog towards us, noting which bits to avoid. Thankfully it hasn`t rained for a while so it turned out not to be too bad


Summit of Green Crag.


Looking over to Eskdale Moor with Whin Rigg and Illgill Head behind. Low Birker Tarn is also in view.


Looking back at Harter Fell. We headed off to the right over grassy ground towards Grassguards.


Miffy comes to stay with us while Janet is away.


She is small enough to go happily in and out of the cat flap. Tom enjoys the temporary addition to the menagerie.

We skirted around Harter Fell and went back via Birks. The walk took about five hours. It was windy and cold on the summits, quite pleasantly warm otherwise.