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Kentmere Pike & Harter Fell Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.6 miles / 12.4 km

Ascent - 2100 feet / 636 metres

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NY484057
Lat 54.4440700 + Long -2.7971765
Postcode LA8 9BE (approx. location only)

Starting at Sadgill in Longsleddale this walk explores the ridge from Shipman Knotts over Kentmere Pike and onto Harter Fell overlooking Mardale. The return route crosses Gatescarth Pass and continues down Longsleddale back to the start. Choose a fine day as the views are excellent.

The walk starts from the northern end of the lane up Longsleddale at Sadgill where there are spaces for a few carefully parked cars (grid ref. NY484057). After parking cross the bridge and follow the track heading left with adjacent fingerpost. Initially passing through Sadgill Wood the track soon reaches open fell gaining height steadily. After just over a kilometre, you reach a broad col (grid ref. NY476050). Leave the track and turn right to follow a path steeply uphill with a wall on your right. This path leads over Wray Crag and continues up to the summit of Shipman Knotts.

After a very brief descent continue up to a ladder stile over a wall (grid ref. NY472067) and take the main path. The path soon ruins beside a fence and later a wall which leads to the summit of Kentmere Pike. The view is extensive and includes Yoke, Ill Bell etc. across the Kentmere valley. The view also extends east to Harrop Pike and Selside. Looking southwest Windermere can also be seen.

After a short descent the path runs beside a fence which leads to the summit of Harter Fell. Once again, the view is good with a different set of fells now in view. From the summit cairn head northeast with a fence on your right. After 500 metres you reach a fine viewpoint with Haweswater Reservoir dominating the scene. Follow the fence where it bends southeast and continue the descent down to Gatescarth Pass. Turn right (south) and follow the track which leads down Longsleddale back to the start at Sadgill.

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