Hartsop above How is a fell in the English Lake District, an
outlier of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells. It stands above
Brothers Water and the Ullswater to Ambleside road.
properly the long north east ridge of Hart Crag, Alfred Wainwright
accorded Hartsop above How the status of a separate fell in his
Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells and that convention is followed
The name, with the middle word uncapitalised, is that used
on Ordnance Survey maps and has wide support in guidebooks, although it
is sometimes hyphenated. Wainwright states that the local name for the
fell is Gill Crag.
A three-mile ridge of high ground branches off
northeast from the Fairfield horseshoe at Hart Crag. It turns gradually
more northward, resembling a hook in plan.
To the north is
Deepdale, a long curving valley with a marshy and rather dismal
The southern boundary of Hartsop above How is formed
by Dovedale, a picturesque valley of woodlands and waterfalls. Both
dales meet the main valley of Kirkstone/Goldrill Beck which flows north
through Patterdale to Ullswater.
Hartsop above How has a number
of knolls along its length, the principal tops being above Gill Crag,
the summit and Gale Crag (1,679 feet (512 m)).
The ridge is
generally grassy but with considerable rock outcropping particularly on
the Deepdale side. The main faces here are Bleaberry Knott, Gale Crag,
Holly Crag and Erne Nest Crag. Gill Crag, The Perch and Black Crag loom
A stone wall follows the crest almost as far as
the summit, an aid to navigation were any needed on such a narrow ridge.
At the foot of the Dovedale face and continuing round above Brothers
Water is Low Wood. This is an expanse of native woodland now rare in the
District, primarily due to the introduction of sheep farming.
Amidst the woodland are the remains of Hartsop Hall Mine. This was a
lead mine operating at least as far back as the 17th century and closing
in 1942. Four levels were driven northward into the fellside of Hartsop
above How but the production of ore was never outstanding.
summit carries a small cairn on grass and the view is good with the
craggy heads of Deepdale and Dovedale in close-up.
practicable line of ascent for walkers is along the ridge either from
the end at Deepdale Bridge, or cutting up the southern side from Cow
Bridge and Brothers Water.
A good path follows the crest and
continues across peaty ground toward the rocky top of Hart Crag.
routes near Hartsop above How