Harter Fell - Lake District Walk

Wednesday 11th July 2007

A near perfect day for walking, overcast and cool when we were ascending and then the sun came out, so the walk along the tops and back to the car was done under a blue sky that meant we had to put suntan lotion on, a very rare experience this summer.

Start: Sadgill (NY 4835 0569)

Route: Sadgill - Shipman Knotts (176) - Goat Scar (177) - Kentmere Pike (178) - Harter Fell (179) - Little Harter Fell (180) - Adam Seat (181) - Gatescarth Pass - Sadgill

Distance: 8 miles     Ascent: 675 metres      Time Taken: 6 hours

Weather: Overcast to start then warm with blue sky.

Pub Visited: Duke of Cumberland, Kendal    Ale Drunk: Charles Wells Bombardier

Route Map >>


Ill Bell ridge

The Ill Bell ridge from the climb to Shipman Knotts.

Shipman Knotts

Shipman Knotts.

Shipman Knotts' summit cairn

Shipman Knotts' small summit cairn.


Windermere is visible through the murk.

Kentmere Pike & Goat Scar

The next two summits, Goat Scar (R) and Kentmere Pike (L).

Goat Scar

Goat Scar from Shipman Knotts.

Goat Scar's summit

According to Birkett the corner post is Goat Scar's summit but there is a cairn out of shot (L) which is accessed via the stile.


From the cairn the views are much better, here looking down Longsleddale.


Then to Branstree and Gatescarth Pass.

Buckbarrow Crag

Opposite there is an excellent view of Buckbarrow Crag.

Kentmere Pike

Back over the stile you follow the fence to Kentmere Pike's summit.

Kentmere Pike's summit

Kentmere Pike's summit trig which is accessed by another stile.

Ill Bell & Froswick

Ill Bell and Froswick with Red Screes between them.

Thornthwaite Beacon & Helvellyn

Helvellyn and Thornthwaite Beacon.

Mardale Ill Bell & High Street

Looking across the Nan Bield Pass to Mardale Ill Bell and High Street.

Harter Fell's summit

Harter Fell's summit.

High Street & Blea Water

Blea Water and High Street from Harter Fell.


Haweswater from Harter Fell's lower cairns.


An even better view of Haweswater as we start to descend to Little Harter Fell.

Little Harter Fell

Little Harter Fell with the Sleddale Fell behind and the Pennines in the distance.

Little Hater Fell's summit

Little Harter Fell's summit.

Adam Seat's summit

Adam Seat's distinctive summit with H (Haweswater) on one side and L (Longsleddale) on the other.



Sadgill bridge

Sadgill bridge and the end of the walk.


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