This Saturday (17/2/24) we have a scramble scheduled on Harter Fell in Eskdale.
The plan is to meet at the Jubilee Bridge parking (free!) just uphill from the cattle grid at the western end of Hardknott pass for a 0930 start. [Location: NY 21353 01113; W3W: ///listings.sprouted.cabbages; Google:: 9QXQ+Q3M Holmrook]. If that spot is full there is plenty of parking at the bottom of the pass on two grassy laybys. (NY 21016 01124).
The plan is the “Harter Beanie” scramble (Grade2), which will take us to the summit of Harter, and descent (boggy) via the top of Hardknott and a look at the Roman Fort. We’ll have a rope and a small scrambling rack with us. However, the weather forecast is far from encouraging and when we looked last week the rock was very wet. We’ll send an update on Friday when Saturday’s forecast, and the rock condition, is clearer. A wet-weather alternative is a walk over Harter Fell.
If you want to let us know you are coming, or have any questions: email@example.com, 07713017740
See you Saturday,
Steve and Kath
Since my last message, it’s been a very wet and murky four days in West Cumbria. The forecast for tomorrow is for persistent drizzle and cloud cover to low levels, with a stiff breeze; with more rain arriving late afternoon. Given last week’s evidence, the scramble will NOT be in climbable condition. However, Kath and I will leave from the parking on Sat at 0930 to walk the loop over Harter Fell to Hardknott. If anyone would like to join us, they would be most welcome. It’s likely to be very wet underfoot and I’m afraid I cannot promise extensive (or any!) views.
Steve and Kath
Well, the weather forecast was accurate. But still, the West Cumbria arm of the KMC enjoyed (type II fun?) a murky and wet walk up the NW ridge of Harter Fell. Stopping in the lee of a boulder on the summit for a quick snack, we then continued NE across the very boggy ground below Horsehow Crags to reach the road at the top of Hardknott pass. Then back down to the cars, with a diversion for some to view the fort. If never dry, it was at least warm once out of the wind. Thanks to Ros, Geraint, Mick, Chris and Kath for their good humour and helping get the most out of a poor weather day. The hospitality of the Brook House Inn was much appreciated and it certainly was not a day for a scramble!
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