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A two day backpack around Harter Fell

28th-29th April 2012

Route.  Day 1 - Ulpha - Stickle Pike - Park Head Road - Seathwaite - River Duddon - Birks - Harter Fell - Raven Crag 

(9 miles 4000 ft ascent)

Day 2 - Raven Crag - Hard Knott - Lingcove Bridge - Brotherikeld - Low Birker - Green Crag - Birker Fell - Wind Gate - Ulpha

(12 miles 2100 ft ascent)

April has been a bit of a washout weatherwise but I took a chance on at least one day of forecasted fine conditions and visited the three Wainwright tops in the South-West of the national park. As it turned out Saturday was fine but windy whilst Sunday started out dull but dry but then deteriorated into rain and freezing hail.  

I left my car at Ulpha and set of up the track leading to Kiln Bank.

Looking over to the distinctive "mountain shape" of Harter Fell.

I climbed up Stickle Pike from the exciting rocky West side. The high fells looked to be bothered with a bit of cloud.

Looking down at Stickle tarn.

Looking back at Stickle Pike top from the tarn.

Looking up the Park Head road.

And looking back down from the same place..

The high fells are clear now..

The lovely little hamlet of Seathwaite.

The river Duddon from the bridge.

I followed the in places tricky path by the river until I passed through this little wood and climbed up to Birks.

Looking over Birks up to Maiden Castle on the flanks of Harter Fell.

Seathwaite Tarn from the climb.

After visiting the very windy top of Harter I dropped down to the little pool just below the summit from where there is a good view of all the fells around the head of the Esk with Crinkle Crags on the right leading round to Scafell and Slight Side

Down off Harter now looking down Hard Knott Pass to Eskdale and the Isle of Man.

The wind was really blowing on Raven Crag so I had to find a sheltered pitch.

I really would have liked to camp by the tarn as I did last time I was here but as you can see by the little waves in the tarn I was better of in my sheltered spot.

Zooming in on Bowfell behind Hard Knott.

The Isle of Man again a little later in the day.

Sunday was a duller day but it was dry as I packed up and headed for Hard Knott.

Another great view of the high fells from Hard Knott..

 Looking down from high above Lingcove Bridge.

The biggest of the falls in Lingcove beck.

Lingcove Bridge.

Typical ! I reach Penny Hill farm just as rush hour is starting I had to go back through the gate into the field so the farmer could drive the sheep up the lane.. 

The old Peat cutters hut on the way up to Green Crag. It had started raining as I climbed up the peat road from Low Birker, and what a very cold rain it was too.

Looking over to Eskdale Fell with Scafell behind. The rain now turned to hail so I put the camera away and set off across the fell to Green Crag where it was so windy I could hardly stand up so I wasted no time in heading down across the boggy slopes to meet the Birker Fell road down to Ulpha.

Last walk - A tour of the Northern fells - Next Walk - Around the Newlands fells