Harter Fell (Eskdale)

Though relatively small in stature, Harter Fell of Eskdale is nevertheless perfectly formed, a true fell-walking jewel! The ascent was from Jubilee Bridge at the foot of Hardknott Pass. The well-defined path slopes gently up nearly all of the way, and is nowhere really strenuous. The chief joys are, in the early stages, the splendid panoramas back along Eskdale to its head, and then, later on, at the summit, the intricate rocky ‘battlements’ and the ‘coup de théatre’ views over to the Scafells, Esk Pike, and Bowfell, as well into the Duddon valley and much else besides.
Following the advice of the inestimable Mark Richards in his ‘Great Mountain Days in the Lake District’, the route next went down to the crown of Hardknott Pass, and then across and above it to Border End and Esk Needle (see Tony Greenbank’s article about this wondrous ‘edifice’), with sublime ‘close-ups’ of the upper Eskdale fells rising precipitously from Great Moss appearing all before. Finally, back down to the top of the pass, and from there by the ‘legionnaires’ path to Hardknott Fort, surely the most spectacularly-sited of Roman outposts in Britain. (Highest point: 2142 ft/ 653 m. Distance: 5.88 miles/9.47 km. Ascent: 2641 ft./ 805 m.)

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