Saturday, 1 July 2000

Hart Side

Hart Side from Watermillock Common
Height: 756m (2,480ft)
Prominence: 23m (354ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: sub Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Hart Side, The Dodds & Clough Head - 29/10/2017
Clough Head & The Dodds - 04/10/2014
Hart Side's summit cairn
What Wainwright said:

"The main watershed at Stybarrow Dodd sends out a long spur to the east which curves north from the subsidiary height of Green Side and continues at an elevated level until it it poised high above Ullswater. The principal height on this spur is Hart Side, which with its many satellites on the ridge forms the southern wall of the long valley of Deep Dale."

Hart Side, it's name meaning "the hill side frequented by harts", is a subsidiary top on one of the east ridges of Stybarrow Dodd. The summit of Hart Side is mainly grassy but with a scattering of rocky boulders showing through the grass.

Some small cairns have been built on it, and there is another cairn some 50 m north of the summit, but the most unusual features are a long east-west trench which has been dug a few meters to the south, and a shallow hollow measuring 7 m by 4 m just to the north. The trench was probably dug by prospectors looking for an extension to the vein being mined beneath Green Side, and the hollow may have been the site of some shelter. A vigorous programme of exploration, both underground and on the surface, was begun in 1947 when it was clear that the Greenside Mine could not last much longer, but nothing was found.

The view from the summit is restricted both by the higher ridge to the west, and by intervening land to the east which conceals most of Ullswater.

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