Harter Fell (Mardale)

A walk up to Harter Fell in Mardale, above Haweswater, will make you believe that you have journeyed hundreds of miles from civilisation, thanks to its remote location far from the well beaten tourist track.

The long journey to get the summit is certainly worth the effort with its views over Hawswater and ascent through vast wild landscapes that would befit a Tolkien novel.

The Route

Haweswater and Mardale from Harter Fell

Haweswater and Mardale from Harter Fell

Begin your route by turning left pass the gate at the end of the car park onto the track that is signposted as Gatesgarth Pass. This is a fairly well-maintained path through remote landscapes.

At Grid Ref NY 473 093 turn right onto another path, fairly well maintained. This path veers left at Grid Ref NY 465 097 as you make your ascent up the ridge.

The summit is marked by a cairn filled with both stone and old ironworks. From the opposite side of the summit to your ascent, take the path leading right, heading down through some rocky terrain that is rough in places and should be approached with care.

You will reach a wind shelter at NY 452 095, where you will need to turn right. This path will take you the crystal blue waters of Small Water and around its far side, before heading back to the car park.

Useful Information

Parking: There is free parking available at the southern tip of Haweswater, Grid Ref NY 469 107; This is accessed via a narrow lane leading south from the village of Bampton, south of Penrith; Parking is limited, so it’s best to get there early

Start Point: Grid Ref NY 469 107; A gate at the southern end of the car park takes you onto Gatescarth Pass

Summit: Grid Ref NY 460 093; 778 metres above sea level

Distance: Approximately 4 miles

Terrain: Steep mountain paths; May be rough in places

Total Time (Ascent & Descent): 4 hours

Suitable For: Adults with moderate fitness; Older children


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