Harter Fell and Wallowbarrow Crag

Sun 16 Mar 2008

Route: Birks, Duddon Valley - Maiden Castle - Harter Fell - Grassguards - Wallowbarrow Crag - Wallowbarrow Gorge - River Duddon - Fickle Steps - Birks

Distance: 7.25 miles

Ascent: 2,200ft

Time: 4 hours 50 minutes

With: David Hall


Mostly sunshine, windy on Harter Fell

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Birks Bridge over the River Duddon

Looking up the River Duddon to Little Stand

Birks, no longer surrounded by forest

The way ahead up Harter Fell. We are aiming for Maiden Castle, the pointy rocky outcrop on the skyline left of centre

The route ahead

Looking back down on Birks

Heading for Maiden Castle

Looking across to Grey Friar from Harter Fell

The view south with Caw on the left and the pointed Stickle Pike right of centre

Zooming in on Stickle Pike

Birks now a long way below

Looking towards Harter Fell's summit

Green Crag (left) and Crook Crag (right) with Devoke Water behind

Zooming in on Green Crag, the ramp used on its ascent clearly seen

Hard Knott with upper Eskdale behind from our ascent of Harter Fell

Harter Fell's summit rocks with David standing by the trig point

Upper Eskdale from Harter Fell's trig point

Harter Fell. The true summit from the 'official'

Looking over Green Crag to the Devoke Water fells from Harter Fell's summit

Eskdale from Harter Fell

Zooming in on Green Crag again

Dunnerdale Forest with Wallowbarrow Crag centre left

Upper Eskdale with the tops still in cloud

Looking over Great How to Haycock, Red Pike and Pillar

Yewbarrow with Red Pike behind catch some sun while Black Crag and Pillar are in shadow

Scafell (on the left) nearly out of the cloud

Green Crag and Crook Crag from our descent

Looking north west towards Whin Rigg and Illgill Head from the Jubilee Bridge (Eskdale) to Grassguards (Duddon) path

The rough path through the forest as we head for Grassguards

Looking back to Harter Fell

Grassguards Gill

Grassguards with Harter Fell in the distance

Harter Fell from Wallowbarrow Crag's summit

The Coniston Fells from Wallowbarrow Crag's summit

Looking south down the Duddon valley with Black Combe in the distance from Wallowbarrow Crag's summit

Wallowbarrow Crag from the track down to High Wallowbarrow

The memorial bridge across the River Duddon

The River Duddon from the Memorial Bridge

The River Duddon from the bouldery riverside path

The River Duddon, Wallowbarrow Gorge

A section of the path, way above the river at this point, as we head for Fickle Steps

Fickle Steps, River Duddon

Riverside path as we follow the River Duddon upstream back to Birks Bridge

Previous Walk: High Hartsop Dodd and Little Hart Crag (Sun 9 Mar 2008)

Next Walk: Wythop Round (Fri 21 Mar 2008)

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