Hartsop Dodd to High St.

Name of walk Hartsop Dodd to High St.
Date of walk 2022-11-29

The forecast was for fog in the southern valleys, but sunny on the tops. I decided to drive over the Kirkstone Pass to Hartsop and walk up Hartsop Dodd to Caudale Moor, then via Threshthwaite Mouth to Gray Crag and Thornthwaite Crag, a small detour to Mardale Ill Bell, and on to High St. If time allowed I could do Kidsty Pike and High Raise on my way back. There was a good chance of seeing thermal inversions today, so I left home at 7am in order to make the most of the winter daylight.

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Sunrise view down to the valley fog over Ambleside from the Kirkstone Pass.

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I did a pre-walk walk down to misty Brothers Water to photograph Hartsop Dodd, my first fell of the day. Taken at 8.20am.

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Brock Crags.

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Angletarn Pikes.

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I then parked at Hartsop and was the first car in the car park. Hartsop Dodd and my route up by the wall.

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Sunshine and valley mist from my route up.

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Closer view over Hartsop towards Patterdale and Ullswater. Place Fell on the right.

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Brothers Water to the left.

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Hartsop above How above Brothers Water with St. Sunday Crag behind.

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View from the start of the wall.

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Hartsop Dodd summit cairn. Catstycam on the far right.

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Frosty, but no coat needed after the first 30 minutes of walking.

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Looking up to Caudale Moor. Thornthwaite Crag on the left.

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The sun was directly in my eyes from now on, but the view was great when I turned round.

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Once I got to the top of Caudale Moor I could see the thermal Inversion in the south.

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Caudale Moor summit cairn. I headed for the route down to Threshthwaite Mouth hoping for some good valley views.

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Looking across to the beacon on Thornthwaite Crag. Mist was starting to drive up from the valley.

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I got this view looking down to Threshthwaite Mouth just before I was swamped with fog, and could see nothing. The descent was as awkward as I remember, but more so as the rocks were either slippery from being wet or from ice. It took me a while to safely get down.

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The fog was now beginning to lift again and the sun was penetrating through. I moved to the edge looking to where the valley down to Pasture Bottom was, in order to see if I could make a Brocken Spectre with my shadow. Ta'da!

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Slightly closer view.

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The fog was clearing ahead. I would go up and take the grassy track to the left that makes an easy diagonal walk up to Gray Crag. I didn't fancy the icy scree up to Thornthwaite Crag, and this route would by-pass it.

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Looking south.

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The valley that has Troutbeck Tongue in it.

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Caudale Moor on the right as I head up to Gray Crag.

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On Gray Crag as I head for the highest point. Hayeswater on the right.

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Super views all round.

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I head back and take the easy, grassy route up to Thornthwaite Crag. The mist is still tumbling over Threshthwaite Mouth.

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Thornthwaite beacon.

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Looking out to Froswick and Ill Bell.

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Now on my way towards Mardale Ill Bell, looking down on Hayeswater with Gray Crag on the left.

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As soon as I turn off for Mardale Ill Bell the mist once again comes over, when it leaves I get a fog bow, sometimes called a white rainbow.

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View back to Thornthwaite beacon.

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The islands of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick.

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An icy tarn with a view to where the Riggindale ridge joins High St.

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The summit of Mardale Ill Bell with Haweswater on the right.

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Harter Fell with the mist pouring over the Nan Bield Pass. I realise that I will be swamped in a few minutes and dash over to the edge to see Blea Water.

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I manage to take this photo of Blea Water just before the mist comes over, you can see it on the left of the photo.

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I wait for ten minutes and the mist clears again.

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Looking back to Mardale Ill Bell from the short cut track to High St.

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I head for the summit cairn.

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Summit selfie at 2,717ft.

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High St. panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. Knott, my final fell, on the right.

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I head back to the eastern edge for the view down the Riggindale ridge.

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This one includes Blea Water.

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The mist is pouring over the Nan Bield Pass like a waterfall.

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A frosty descent of High St. I had considered going off right to include Kidsty Pike and High Raise, but that would have meant descending in the dark, so I decide to leave those for another walk.

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Riggindale.

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Now I just need to do the very short ascent to The Knott.

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The Knott summit.

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The sun is getting lower as I look down to Hayeswater.

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I head back down to the path.

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Rest Dodd and The Nab.

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Looking back to The Knott. I would soon leave the main path and go down the grass.

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Hayeswater from the very wet and churned up grass.

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I still have enough day light to head for Hayeswater outflow.

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Some great reflections.

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I then head for the bridge to cross the gill.

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The long trek over stony ground back to Hartsop.

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The barn with a living roof. The moon is out. I get back to my car at 4pm, sunset. The walk was 10.3 miles and took me seven and a half hours.

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Post sunset view over Ambleside.

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Looking down on the thermal inversion around Troutbeck Tongue on the drive back.

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Moon view.

The 10.3 mile walk took me seven hours and a half hours. With seven summits climbed, thermal Inversions, Brocken Spectres, fog bows, no wind and blue skies and sunshine, it was the best walk for some time!

Jo.

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