This route is a great example of a simple, direct and rewarding climb of a Lakeland fell. It is an ideal walk for a short day when daylight is limited or when the weather is extreme. For example, on this occasion, we had plenty of summer daylight hours, but the weather conditions were very hot and humid, and much of the route was walked at a slow pace. Because of these conditions, the plan was to descend and return back to the car by midday, so to avoid any prolonged exposure to the afternoon summer sun.

A five-mile walk with a Lakeland tarn, a Wainwright and an extra Birkett; it is fell-walking at its simplest.

“This is an excellent expedition, richly rewarding in intimate scenes of Harter Fell’s grand northern cliffs and in the views of Haweswater from its summit, yet short in distance and needing much less effort in execution than its formidable appearance suggests.” Harter Fell 8

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