Harter Fell Route 2

Deep gorges and Lake­land sum­mits

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Don’t be fooled by Harter Fell’s stature. The map will try to tell you that this is a small, iso­lated bump; a short, sharp climb with a lovely river­side stroll to finish, and plenty of forestry to keep you cool on those hot sum­mer days. Well, the prob­lem with iso­lated bumps is they tend to have steep slopes on most sides; and as for river­side strolls in wooded moun­tain gorges – just pic­ture cen­turies-worth of rock­fall chok­ing up the val­ley bot­tom, and the kind of ob­sta­cle-rid­den progress af­forded by felled forestry and nu­mer­ous bogs. So why choose this route? Be­cause the views over the fells and seas are im­mense. Be­cause the Dud­don Val­ley is so beau­ti­ful – and Wal­low­bar­row Gorge so dra­matic – that it feels more like Mid­dle Earth than the Lakes. And be­cause, ul­ti­mately, it trans­forms this small, lesser-known Wain­wright into a chal­lenge, with a cap­i­tal C. Isn’t that what we hill­walk­ers thrive on?

Step­ping-stones in Wal­low­bar­row Gorge.

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