Harter Fell (Mardale)

This walk has the merit of being short - ideal for fitting in when, for example, the car must be returned in time for one's wife to go out to play Bridge, etc. - but its main attraction is its highly scenic nature.  It comprises fine views towards the long, undulating Riggindale Ridge that leads up to High Street, the three western Kentmere/Troutbeck fells, as well as Haweswater Reservoir, Small Water tarn, and, more distantly, Blea Water tarn.

The walk can be done either clockwise or anti-clockwise.  Wainwright recommends the former, and it does have the merit of keeping the best views in front,  but the descent the other way round is a good deal gentler, and I have long ago learned from previous outings where I should screw my head round to admire the view when proceeding anti-clockwise.  So the route on this occasion was of the latter variety, i.e., up from Mardale Head car park to Small Water, from there to Nan Bield Pass, and thence on to the summit.  Lunch thereupon, and then back down again via the old drove road that winds down from Gatescarth Pass.

Weather not bad, though not brilliant either, but it was great to be reunited with an 'old friend' once again, and confirm that in terms of steepness of the route and height reached I appear to be continuing to recover well from my operation - next stop possibly Helvellyn?

Highest point (Harter Fell): 2539 ft./ 774 m. Distance: 4.19 miles/ 6.47 km. Ascent: 1737 ft./ 529 m.

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