Height: 519 metres / 1703 feet Grid reference: NY 39357 10766 Category: The Eastern Fells
It was really cold this morning again but the blue sky and crisp clearness of the weekend was gone to be replaced by strong winter weather. All was icy and frozen around Kirkstone Pass with heavy snow flurries at first. Once on the climb to Dovedale the wind really picked up and on the Dove Crag ridge it was severe and walking was difficult at times. When I got back to valley level I felt like I had taken a real pounding up there.
It was a bit grim this lunchtime when I set off for High Hartsop Dodd, in fact it was bucketing down with rain and there was a really strong wind so I ended up making it and ‘out and back’ walk, or rather an ‘up and down’ walk! It is a very steep climb straight up the front of High Hartsop Dodd and once on the top the wind was really wild and I was completely drenched. Lo and behold if the sky didn’t clear as soon as I made it back to valley level!
Today’s walk is a steep ascent up to Middle Dodd and Red Screes from the bottom of Kirkstone Pass, across the Scandale Pass and a lovely ridge walk from Little Hart Crag to Hartsop Dodd, then a steep descent back to Kirkstone Pass. The weather wasn’t brilliant again today but the high winds meant that there was the odd clearing of the mist to give fleeting glimpses of a view.