There are 2 Lakeland fells that go by the name of Harter Fell. They lie at opposite sides of the region with the one described here sitting almost on the edge of things where the terrain changes from the familiar craggy mountains of Lakeland to the sweeping empty moorland that more typifies the character of the Pennines to the East. The fell's western namesake by the way overlooks Hard Knott and Eskdale.
Harter Fell lies on the North-South watershed of Lakeland between the Nan Bield and the Gatescarth Pass. Mardale at the head of Haweswater makes an excellent start point for an ascent with a fine circular route ascending by the mountain tarn of Small Water and the Nan Bield Pass to the summit before descending via Gatescarth Pass to the East. Equally, the broad ridge ascending from Kentmere Pike to the South is a fine outing returning by Nan Bield for Kentmere or Gatescarth if Longsleddale is your start point. Kentmere Pike itself is an interesting walk.
The mountain is guarded by steep crags - especially so on its eastern and northern sides and though the ascent routes are easy, any routes off the ridges during the ascent are frought with danger. Any retreat then - be it due to bad weather or plain bone idleness - will involve retracing one's steps. The summit views from Harter Fell are extensive to the East with the line of the Pennines from Cross Fell to Ingleborough filling the skyline and the spectacular vista of Haweswater in the valley below. The Coniston Fells are prominent in the opposite direction and while the southern part of the central Lakes is visible, the rugged bulk of nearby High Street fills much of the western scene.
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Nearest major airport:||Manchester, Liverpool|
|Convenient Center:||Kendal or Windermere|
Thanks to Pete Buckley for adding this peak.
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