Saturday, 1 July 2000

Hartsop above How

Hartsop above How
Height: 581m (1,906ft)
Prominence: 27m (89ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: sub Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Rocky outcrop
Times climbed: 2
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The modest summit of Hartsop above How
What Wainwright said:

"The long curving northeast ridge of Hart Crag rises to a separate summit midway, and this summit is generally referred to as Hartsop above How. Most natives of Deepdale, however, know it not by this name but they all know Gill Crag, which fringes the summit, and this would seem a more satisfactory name for the fell".

Hartsop above How, though a north eastern ridge of Hart Crag, has its own chapter in Wainwright's Pictorial Guides, a convention that has been followed in many guidebooks since. Locally, according to Wainwright at least, the fell is known as Gill Crag.

There are a number of knolls along the ridge of Hartsop above How, the principal tops being Gill Crag (the summit) and Gale Crag (a Birkett summit). Others include The Perch and Black Crag that overlook Deepdale.

At the foot of the Dovedale face of Hartsop above How, you can still find some native woodland, Low Wood, a rare find in the District after the introduction of sheep farming.

The summit is capped by a cairn on the grass with the best of the views being the taller summits of Dove Crag and Hart Crag to the south west.

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