Hartsop - Brothers Water - Rough Edge - Hartsop Dodd - Hartsop

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Hartsop - Brothers Water - Rough Edge - Stony Cove Pike - Hartsop Dodd - Hartsop

This lovely walk of about eight miles starts off in the tiny village of Hartsop just south-east of Patterdale and follows a quiet route to Caudale Moor. It starts off following a path alongside Brothers Water (this section can be quite busy as it is popular to walk around the lake), but once at Sykeside the route follows a miners' track up to a quarry near Rough Edge. The route is fairly obvious as the miners seem to have worn a deep gully in the fellside and the ruins of the quarry are quite something, with tunnels and shafts all over the place. The route gains a bit more height to follow the grassy ridge called Rough Edge. Unlike the name it is very easy going and just a simple walk up to Caudale Head, where the views are breathtaking!

From Caudale Head it's a simple route east to the summit, which is called Stony Cove Pike and offers amazing views north and south (unfortunately Thornthwaite Crag blocks the view east). The route then follows a wall north to Hartsop Dodd which only involves about 30m of ascent to get to the top and again offers amazing views to Hartsop, Brothers Water and surrounding fells. The walk down follows the north breast of Hartsop Dodd and although steep, it is fairly easy going and gets you down to the valley floor very quickly.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East

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Ancient Monument, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, Pub, Public Transport, River, Waterfall, Wildlife
01/07/2015 - Gareth Williams

Addition to my previous comment and not exactly a correction Car drivers might like to start the walk by parking at Cow Bridge (free june 2015 )

01/07/2015 - Gareth Williams

A walk for a cooler day. The ascent to the mine is quite steep - and even steeper if you go a bit too far south and then have to go straight up the grass slope! :-) As an older walker I was glad of a pole for stability on the descent from Hartsop Dodd which can be a bit slithery when small stones break away. Lovely views and the mine buildings add photo interest. Might be a bit boggy on top in the wet season.

16/06/2014 - Robert Hughes

This is a really excellent walk providing outstanding views. I was pleased that there was a lovely valley walk to get the circulation going before the ascent as this is quite rapid straight away. The directions were very easy to follow but do note that the final descent from Hartsop Dodd does become very steep (personally I wouldn't try it in slippery conditions)- however as a result the views of the valley between Brothers Water and Ullswater are stupendous and make it all worthwhile. Also note that there is now a permitted path (NT) between WM6 and WM7 which means you can avoid what can be a busy main road - just cross the road at WM6 to the finger post and follow its direction.

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