Saturday, 1 July 2000

Hartsop Dodd

The impressive pyramid of Hartsop Dodd
Height: 618m (2,028ft)
Prominence: 24m (79ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, sub Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Wooden post in wall
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Fairfield via Stony Cove Pike & Red Screes - 03/05/2014
The wooden post in the wall marks the summit
What Wainwright said:

"For a few miles along the road from Patterdale to Kirkstone, Hartsop Dodd has the form of a steepsided conical hill, rising like a giant tumulus from the flat floor of the valley; a high ridge connecting to Caudale Moor behind is unseen and unsuspected".

Hartsop Dodd is a subsidiary top on the north ridge of Stony Cove Pike but was given separate fell status by Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. From Hartsop, looking straight up the nose of the ridge, Hartsop Dodd appears to be an independent fell - a steep sided, symmetrical, bell-shaped peak of considerable height. From elsewhere it can be seen for what it is, an off-shoot of the higher Stony Cove Pike.

There are old mineworkings on the nose of the ridge above Hartsop. These are the remains of Low Hartsop Mine, also called Myers Head Mine. This was worked for lead between 1867 and 1870, but proved a commercial failure.

The summit is crossed by the stone wall, a timber post marking the high point. Many of the eastern and far eastern fells are in view and, unsurprisingly, Dovedale is particularly impressive.

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