Little Hart Crag is a fell in the English Lake
District standing at the head of Scandale six kilometres north of
Ambleside at a height of 637 metres (2090 feet).
It is an eastern
outlier of Dove Crag in the Eastern Fells, although, it does have 34
metres of prominence from that fell making it both a Hewitt and a
It is frequently climbed as part of the Dovedale
horseshoe, an 11 kilometre walk over the neighbouring fells of Hartsop
above How, Hart Crag, Dove Crag and High Hartsop Dodd, starting and
finishing at Brothers Water.
Little Hart Crag is composed of
grassy slopes on its eastern slopes above the Scandale pass with the
tiny Scandale Tarn tucked in a hollow in the hill. To the east it drops
steeply into Caiston Glen.
On its west side it is connected to
Dove Crag by the boggy hollow of Bakestone Moss. To the north east a
ridge falls away towards Patterdale going over High Hartsop Dodd before
dropping steeply to the valley.
The fell is craggy on its
northern side as the crags of Black Brow fall into Dovedale.
summit is of interest as there are two distinct tops about 100 metres
apart, both of whom are rocky. The western top is the higher and is
marked by a cairn, while the eastern one is more shapely but a few
metres lower and has quartzite set into its rocks.
The view from
the top of the fell is restricted by higher fells but it does give the
opportunity of studying the crags of Dove Crag and Red Screes in detail.
Little Hart Crag is nearly always climbed in conjunction with other
adjacent fells as there is no feasible direct ascent although it can be
climbed from Patterdale via the top of the Scandale Pass.
most direct route from Patterdale starts at Brothers Water and firstly
ascends High Hartsop Dodd before continuing to the summit of Little Hart
Also from Patterdale the fell can also be climbed in
conjunction with Red Screes or Dove Crag and even Fairfield
routes near Little Hart Crag