Dovedale, Priest's Hole and Dove Crag

Fri 25 Apr 2008

Route: Cow Bridge - Brothers Water - Hartsop Hall - Dovedale - Houndshope Cove - Priest's Hole - Houndshope Cove - Dove Crag - Bakestones Moss - Stangs - Dovedale - Hartsop Hall - Brothers Water - Cow Bridge

Distance: 7.50 miles

Ascent: 2,250ft

Time: 3 hours 50 minutes

With: On Own


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Looking across Brothers Water to Rough Edge, Kirkstone Pass and Middle Dodd

Old mine workings near Hartsop Hall

High Hartsop Dodd

Following the path next to the intake wall up Dovedale

Looking up Dovedale to Dove Crag

Upper Dovedale

Zooming in on Dove Crag. The black horizontal slit is Priest's Hole cave

Looking back down Dovedale

Dove Crag

Dove Crag looking very imposing

Stangs from the steep path up to Houndshope Cove

Last time I walked up here, back in July 2003, this path was not pitched and it was a hard slog up a scree slope

Hartsop Above How with Place Fell behind left from the solitary erratic boulder where the main path is left if you want to visit Priest's Hole cave

Priest's Hole, Dove Crag

Looking into the Priest's Hole (Dove Crag), a small natural cave used as an overnight shelter

Looking out of Priest's Hole, Dove Crag

Priest's Hole, Dove Crag

Hartsop Above How from above Houndshope Cove

The main Fairfield Horseshoe path is gained at the col between Hart Crag and Dove Crag

Dove Crag summit cairn

I left the wall (and the main path) here to follow this old fence line (and path) down towards Scandale Pass

Dovedale and Brothers Water with Stangs on the left and Bakestones Moss on the right

Heading for Stangs

The top of Hogget Gill

Dove Crag from the path to Stangs

Dovedale from Stangs

Dove Crag and my ascent route



Waterfall in Dovedale Beck


Looking back up Dovedale towards Dove Crag

Hartsop Hall

Hartsop Hall with Middle Dodd behind left and High Hartsop Dodd behind centre

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