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Red Screes via Dove Crag from Cow Bridge

Lake District Walk

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Eastern Fells

Wainwrights - Dove Crag, Red Screes, Middle Dodd

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.6 miles / 14 km    Ascent - 3000 feet / 909 metres

Time - 7 hours 20 minutes    Grade - mod/hard

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Red Screes via Dove Crag
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Red Screes is the final objective of this excellent circular walk from Cow Bridge near Hartsop. The route follows mainly good paths and after following the shores of Brother's Water climbs, steeply in places, up Dovedale to reach the summit of Dove Crag. The walk then continues with a descent to Scandale Pass from where a direct ascent of Red Screes leads directly to the summit. The descent over Middle Dodd is steep and requires care before rejoining the outward route by Hartsop Hall for an easy return to the start.

The start is the car park near Cow Bridge at the head of Brother's Water (grid ref. NY4021340). After parking exit the car park and turn left along the track leading to Hartsop Hall. Pass the Hall on your loeft and continue ahead to pass a group of outbuildings also om your left. Stay on a track heading up the valley soon passing a barn on your immediate left. The track gradually fades, and the route crosses a footbridge over Dovedale Back (grid ref. NY389114). Beyond the footbridge the paths climbs, steeply in places, up Dovedale. Through increasingly rugged terrain to reach a col with Hart Crag to your right and Dove Crag on your left. This is a popular path being part of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Turn left and complete the short ascent onto Dove Crag from where some of the route can be seen. Descend south off Dove Crag and after 300 metres turn left along a path marked by old fence posts. The route is easy to follow and after heading east the path turns southeast down to Scandale Pass. Continue ahead to join a rising path that leads beside an old wall and leads directly to the Summit of Red Screes with its OS trig column. After enjoying the view head north with steep crags on your eight and descend along the clearly defined ridge to Middle Dodd.

The descent off Middle Dodd needs care as there are some unseen crags when descending. The route follows the clear ridgeline in a northerly direction. The wall provides a reliable guide for the descent and leads to a cross path near the foot of the ridge (grid ref. NY400107). Turn left, cross the bridge over Caiston Beck and follow the feint path which runs parallel to the intake wall on your right. After 700 metres you reach a barn (grid ref. NY398116). Pass through the wall and join a grassy track heading north. You soon re-cross Dovedale Beck and the grassy track leads to the outbuildings near Hartsop Hall. Head through a gap in a wall to rejoin the track used at the start of the walk. All that remains is an easy walk back to the start at Cow Bridge.

Other walks nearby

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Walk 1228 Thornthwaite Beacon & High Streetmoderate6.5 miles
Walk 1959 Gray Crag and Pasture Beck from Hartsopmoderate5.5 miles
Walk 2585 Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike, High St. & The Knottmod/hard10.0 miles
Walk 1230 Birks & Arnison Cragmoderate5.5 miles
Walk 1520 Helvellyn & Fairfield Horseshoe from Patterdalevery hard13.0 miles
Walk 2047 Place Fell from Patterdalemoderate7.5 miles
Walk 2425 Boredale Circular from Patterdalemod/hard11.5 miles
Walk 3670 Angle Tarn and Hayeswatermoderate8.3 miles
Walk 1156 Helvellyn via Striding Edgehard9.5 miles

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