The Brothers Water and Hart Crag walk in the Lake District

North from the Cow Bridge car park near Hartsop and Brothers Water for about half a mile, then south-west and an immediate climb through Low Wood. Further south-west and continuing upwards all the way to the summit of Hart Crag, via Bleaberry Knott, Gale Crag, Hoggill Brow and Hartsop above How. South-east to Dove Crag and onwards to meet the Scandale Pass public footpath, before heading north-east down through the Caiston Glen valley between High Hartsop Dodd and Middle Dodd. Lastly north to Hartsop Hall, roughly following the course of Kirkstone Beck, then along the western shores of Brothers Water back to the starting point. An 8-mile walk in the Lake District.


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The view up to Fairfield (right) and Hart Crag (left) from the footpath west of Low Wood.


The view down to Deepdale and the valley floor between Patterdale and Hartsop. The huge mountain in the centre of the picture is Place Fell. To the left is Birks and Arnison Crag.


From left to right in the background is Dove Crag, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag, as seen from the footpath near Bleaberry Knott.


Looking over to the mighty St Sunday Crag from Hoggill Brow.


Crossing Hartsop above How with Hart Crag directly ahead.


Dollywaggon Pike and High Crag (which form part of the Helvellyn range of mountains) make an appearance in the distance as we reach Blake Brow.

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The last section of the ascent of Hart Crag, rising from 650 metres to 820 metres.


Superb views from the summit of Hart Crag, height 822 metres (2697 feet).


Angy and I on the summit of Dove Crag, height 792 metres (2598 feet).


Brothers Water becomes visible as we head south-west from Dove Crag to Scandale Pass.


The view south towards Ambleside and the northern tip of Windermere. The small body of water in the foreground is Scandale Tarn.


The route through Caiston Glen alongside Caiston Beck.

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Beautiful countryside and easier paths through the valley on the way to Brothers Water.


Stone track on the west side of Brothers Water back to the car park.


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