Harter Fell Route 2
Deep gorges and Lakeland summits
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.