Harter Fell

  • Excellent views from an unusual perspective
  • Interesting slopes capped with a fine summit
  • The Duddon Valley is the best

Whichever way it is approached Harter Fell is an attractive mountain. It stands isolated at the meeting point between the head of Eskdale and the Duddon Valley and can be climbed from either. I actually prefer the Duddon Valley approach (mainly because it is my favourite Lake District valley).  The first 500 foot is through some desolate forestry but this makes the emergence on to the fell side more enjoyable. Steep, heather slopes mix with short grasses; hidden hollows with scree with the summit cairn perched dramatically on one of the many rocky outcrops that characterise the best Lakeland fells.

The views from the summit are superb and are all the better because it is unusual; Harter Fell being the only significant fell in the area. Both Eskdale and the Duddon Valley are rarely visited due tio their inaccessibility and lack of accommodation (camping excepted). The Lakes are so familiar to many of us that it is great to gain a different perspective, an alternative angle and Harter Fell brings this – a very worthwhile climb in an inspiring area of the Lake District.

Recommend: Do not be put off by the forestry – it has mainly been cleared now and the views are open so provides an ever changing and interesting climb.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 234995. There is parking 2 miles north of the Newfield Inn. Cross the bridge and take the track parallel the river which leads to the near derelict outdoor centre at Birks.
Height to Climb: 440ms (1,443 feet)
Terrain: The forestry at the Duddon Valley has been cut since Wainwright wrote his books. There is an excellent track to the summit.
Eating & Drinking: Climbing Harter Fell from the Duddon Valley leaves one choice - the excellent Newfield Inn.
Similar Walks Nearby: Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn
Discover the Upper Esk
Fells over the Duddon Valley
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