Saturday 25th September 2010

 

Start Point : Birks Bridge (SD 235 995)

Distance : 5.3 miles Height Ascended : 540 metres

 

Route Map

 

The clear overnight skies have brought the first frost to the Duddon valley.

 

Castle How.

 

The stepping stones across the River Duddon that lead towards the path to Dale Head.

 

From Birks Bridge the walk follows the riverside path to Black Hall Farm and

has great views towards Little Stand and the upper tracts of the Duddon.

 

At Black Hall Farm my chosen route almost doubles back on itself and

begins to climb gently alongside the eastern edge of the conifer plantation.

Sheepish looks from Violet and Martha.

 

As the crest is reached there is a great view down Eskdale and today a clear long-distance view of the Isle of Man.

Harter Fell from Peathill Crag.

 

Eventually the Scafell range comes into view as height is quickly gained.

 

Harter Fell's true summit from the official.

 

Looking down on Green Crag and Crook Crag - Devoke Water beyond.

 

Violet and Martha wait patiently.

 

The Scafell group, Esk Pike and Bow Fell around Upper Eskdale.

 

A slightly different aspect.

 

The view through Lower Eskdale from the summit isn't bad either.

 

The Upper Duddon Valley - Little Stand to the left, Grey Friar to the right.

 

A grand scene Harter Fell is definitely a place to linger.

 

Over Dunnerdale Forest towards the Duddon estuary - Stickle Pike to the left and Black Combe to the right.

 

Grey Friar and Swirl Band.

 

Another view over the Duddon valley to Grey Friar.

 

Above the craggy outcrops that define the upper edge of Dunnerdale Forest on the southern slopes of Harter Fell.

 

Dropping Crag.

 

Looking up the valley from the forest path near Birks.

 

Birks Bridge.

 

In the waters below the bridge are salmon on their

autumnal journey to the high spawning pools of the Duddon.

 

The narrow ravine and falls above Birks Bridge.

 

The River Duddon above Birks Bridge.