Name:Harter Fell (Mardale)
Hill number:2537
Height:779m / 2556ft
Parent (Ma):2528  High Street
SMC/RHB Section:34C: Lake District - Eastern Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Far Eastern Fells
County/UA:Westmorland and Furness
Topographical area:EL06 Highstreet-arnside
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Eden (Carlisle), Kent
Watershed:Morecambe Bay, St Bees Head to Ravenscar, Solway Firth
Class:Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright,
Birkett, Synge, Fellranger, Submarilyn, Buxton & Lewis,
Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:NY 45970 09326
Summit feature:cairn
Col:629.8m  NY 45235 09592  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 90
(1:25k) OL5S OL7N
Observations:cairn is built on largely hidden small outcrop of rock
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Harter Fell (Mardale) (Final).doc
Comments:height measured as 779.0m
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Kentmere Horseshoe 5th of 7.NormanW12/07/2024
Kentmere round clockwise very windy for first halfunderhill02/05/2024
J.T. and M.T. Kentmere Horseshoe, Trail magazine June '19 route.MTansley28/04/2024
J.T. and M.T. Kentmere Horseshoe, Trail magazine June '19 route.J_tansley28/04/2024
Loop from Sadgill up Harter Fell (30/03/2024 Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts)nat57130/03/2024
Highest point today. Patchy deep snow always tests the legsAlphaville19908/03/2024
With Pops from Mardale Head car park. Very low cloud but no rain! little Harter fell, Harter Fell, The Knowe, Brown Howe, Kentmere Pike & Shipman Knotts. No views but lovely route, descended to Sandhills then back across Gatescarth Oass. 10.3 miles 3203 ft elevation.nell158331/12/2023
The Kentmere Horseshoe from Kentmere in an anticlockwise direction visiting 9 Wainwrights: Shipman Knots, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick. Ill Bell, and Yoke. A fine and partially sunny Boxing Day, with very fine snow showers. Certainly a nice change from heavy rain and storm force winds of recent days! 22km with 1200m ascent, taking 7h40m.silverwolf_alan26/12/2023
Mardale circuit. 4 of 9thekirkie pirate12/10/2023
Around the Kentmere Horseshoe with L. Finally the damp dense blowing clouds had just lifted to spur us on up the fun steep rocky path from the fine wind shelter on Nan Bield col. Views N over what was eagle country until recently. Excellent read in Wild Fell by the manager of the RSPB project for Haweswater. He writes well of his botanising scrambles on the brooding inaccessible, damp cliffs of the N face of Harter Fell, where eagles nested in the 1960s until they they relocated to quieter Riggingdale having felt disturbed by too many tourists attracted to Mardale Head to stare at them from the car park!Chris Pearson02/10/2023
Longsleddale Horseshoe with Jim, Jus and Cat from the (limited!) parking at Sadgill, via Shipman Knotts, Goat Scar, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Little Harter Fell and Adam Seat. Visibility about 20 yards - good to be able to follow the fence throughout! Easy, grassy walking all the way, managed to get round just about before torrential rain arrived.wheresthepath30/09/2023
Hike(comma) with Paul Kenny Fidget30/07/2023
From Sad Gill Dad and I walked to the summit of the Gatesgarth pass where we turned to climb Harter Fell. Awful driving rain and wind.M0YDH30/06/2023
19 mile walk of Kentmere Horseshoe with a couple of out and back diversions. From Kentmere church, Sallows, Sour Howes, Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornythwaite Beacon, High Street, Rough Crag, reascend to High Street, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts. Last couple of hills with Doug and Jen from Wigan, lovely couple.Longwojo17/06/2023
kentmere horseshoe ending with camping at small water, completing the following morning. Stunning view looking west into the lakes. Very quiet only seeing 2 people over the day.NCurtis14/06/2023
Ascended with the kids on a clockwise circular of the Kentmere Horseshoethecoopers28/05/2023
14 miles 4114ft walk, start at Mardale Head carpark Haweswater Reservoir to Rough Crag, High Street, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike, Mardale III Bell, Goat Scar and Shipman Knotts return by Gatescarth Pass.stephenbuda13/05/2023
Climbed with Eliza from Kentmere. Continued to Kentmere Pike, Goat Scar and Shipman Knotts.dhbond25/02/2023
R K Richard Tait23/02/2023
Accent from mardale ILL bell really nice easy fell Laura Kay and FloLauralj8412/02/2023
The Kentmere Horseshoe. Shipman Knotts - Kentmere Pike - Harter Fell (Mardale) - Mardale III Bell - Thornthwaite Crag - Froswick - III Bell - Yoke.sms.3705/02/2023
The Kentmere Horseshoe. Shipman Knotts - Kentmere Pike - Harter Fell (Mardale) - Mardale III Bell - Thornthwaite Crag - Froswick - III Bell - Yoke. With SiNicefish05/02/2023
Circular hike around the head of Mardale. From the car park at the head of Haweswater, up to Gatesgarth Pass, then past Little Harter Fell to Harter Fell, down to Nan Bield Pass, and up to Mardale Ill Bell. Then across to Thornthwaite Crag, and back along the broad track to the trig on High Street, before dropping down to the Straits of Riggindale. From here visiting The Knott, Rampsgill Head, Kidsty Pike, and High Raise in quick succession. Found a new way down via Low Raise, and the SE Ridge to Haweswater, taking in Castle Crag for the first time with its fine view along the way. A perfect day with sun, frozen ground, and many walkers out. 19.7km with 1100m ascent taking 7 hours.silverwolf_alan02/01/2023
Bike from Staveley Station, Shipman Knotts to Mardale Ill Bell and back via nan Bield passtrimarc202/12/2022
From Sadgill, Longsleddale. 12.5 km, 670 m asc. Cross the River Sprint and head S and W to the top of the Kentmere track then N up the wall to Shipman Knotts summit. Continuing over Kentmere Pike and Harter Fell summits. E over Little Harter Fell to Gatescarth Pass and down the track S to Sadgill. Sunny, warm.
What an amazing day - the Kentmere Horseshoe. Weather was mixed with hail showers but we still got great viewsejjohnstone01/11/2022
Wainwright Walk 16: Spider (High Street, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, Branstree & Selside Pike)DavidHiner29/10/2022
6 of 9 starting at lowfield lane near the bridleway at green quarter. From little harter fell. Weather terrible. Visibility - nil. Signs of lifeÖ.0. Wainwright no. 89The-Z-Man27/10/2022
From HaweswaterAdventurers510/10/2022
Kentmere circuit today. Bagged Yoke, Ill Bell, Frostwick, Thornthwaite Crag (again), High Street, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike & Shipman Knotts (143/214 Wainrights) with John Herbertgeorge_herbert_24/09/2022
11.8 mile circular from Sadgill. Up Gatesgarth Pass, then leaving it to cross Bronthwaite Bottom up to the wall. We followed the wall up onto Branstree summit then followed the well-defined slightly boggy path to Selside Pike. We headed back to Branstree via High Howes, then descended back to pass. We followed the good path up Harter Fell (previously ascended in 2004) and continued along the ridge to Kentmere Pike and carried onto Shipman Knotts descending to pass back down to Sadgill. 1007m ascent. The weather was variable as we started in full cloud, then it got sunny, then it almost got rainy and finally windy, back down to the dale which was warm. Typical Lakes weather!DanTrig11/09/2022
A poor day for weather, cloudy throughout and drizzly rain picking up as day went on but a good walk nonetheless. From Sadgill east on signed but faint path to stile onto access land. Though nit marked on map path continues all the way up to Grey Crag and on to Tarn Crag though a bit vague in places. continued north along wall over coll and part way up towards Selside Brow then west on easy grassy ground to head of Gatesgarth pass. easy even in the cloud. Rest of route all on path. Up to Harte Fell and south to Kentmere Pike the ENE along wall to mine workings where pickd up disused mine track doen to main valley track. Easy all the way.dickscroop23/07/2022
Sunny/Hot/Clear. Part of the Kentmere Horseshoe.Amanda&JamesExplore10/07/2022
Kentmere horse shoe with Joanne.Daisy Dee05/07/2022
Kentmere Church - Yoke - Ill Bell - Froswick - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag - High Street - Mardale Ill Bell - Harter Fell - Kentmere Pike - Shipman Knotts - Kentmere ChurchJHes23/06/2022
Peak 3 on the day. With Jack, Ben and Soph. Very very windy so we quit after this one.jeffpl11/06/2022
Walked up from Mardale headbillames21/04/2022
kentmere roundrachelcawley08/04/2022
Extended Kentmere Round with MKNab Scar26/03/2022
Shipman Knotts - Kentmere Pike - Harter Fell - Mardale Ill Bell - High Street - Froswick - Ill Bell - Rainsborrow Crag - Yoke - SallowsBenarbia_426/03/2022
With Nicola, Kevin, Jim, Gus and Spot- clockwise routeAbiD17/01/2022
plus team AC HardenC28/11/2021
Longsleddale Horseshoe. Solo. Came up from Gatescarth Pass over Adam Seat and Little Harter Fell. Onwards to Kentmere Pike. W178 Rnd6.Dangerous Dave23/09/2021
With Sue, David, Linda, Don and Liz on a clockwise Kentmere round on a perfect day.Phreerunner08/09/2021
Took a Monday off that Bec took off originally but had to cancel because of work. I still had mine so setting off at 4am I headed to Mardale for a short walk to dust off the cobwebs knowing Iím taking my dad and sister up Helvellyn on Friday. After seeing lots of deer I started at Mardale Dale head car park and headed up Gatescarth Pass turning right to Harter Fell at the top. couldnít believe how much fitter I was than last time I did it. Got all the way to the top in less than an hour and without stopping. From the summit and after a milkshake made my way down to Nans Bield pass. The views were absolutely incredible even though it was very windy. After making it to the col I turn right to head for the shot of small water as on the front of the OS map. This is a stunning tarn and a must for wild camping. From there short walk back to the car. Didn see anyone all day. I was home before 10am to watch an exciting test cricket match were India beat England. Then watched snooker and Allen Scotty 2 Hotty16/08/2021
(Age 11). Fourth summit on a 22km Kentmere Round as far as High Street.Mollyb14/08/2021
Kentmere Round - clockwisephilz00809/07/2021
Kentmere Round with Sam - 13 miles, 6.5 hours followed by a hot bath and a cold gin!Mozzer22/05/2021