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This month's walk: St Sunday Crag and Hartsop Over How

Written by George Fisher

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This month's walk: St Sunday Crag and Hartsop Over How

The Patterdale and Glenridding bus from Penrith opens up endless options for the car-free walker, right in the heart of this stunning region. This walk takes you up St Sunday Crag, across the summit of Fairfield and down along Hartsop over How. Enjoy great views of Ullswater to the north and Windermere to the south.

Loop or linear? Loop
Map: OS Explorer OL5, The English Lakes: NE area
Total distance: 12.1km (roughly 7.5 miles)
Total height gain: 988m (3,243ft)
Start and Finish: Patterdale (bus stop), OS Grid: NY394155
Unsuitable for: children, buggies, wheelchairs

1. Patterdale (bus stop) OS Grid: NY394155
From Patterdale, take the path behind the Post Office. This leads through farmland at the foot of St Sunday Crag. Pass a small patch of woodland and there is a path heading directly uphill after 200m or so.

2. Harrison Crag OS Grid: NY383150
1.2 km (3/4 mile) from 1
The route starts with a tricky little patch heading up through Harrison Crag. From here, the going gets easier as you head up towards Birks. Head to the top of Birks if you want to bag an extra Wainwright.

3. St Sunday Crag OS Grid: NY369134
2.1 km (1.3 miles) from 2
Enjoy cracking view of Hellvellyn, including the mighty Striding Edge. Save the memory for your next car-free walk!

4. Fairfield OS Grid: NY359116
2.1 km (1.3 miles) from 3
Drop off St Sunday via Deepdale Hause, which drops steeply to a small corrie before rising up to the summit of Fairfield via Cofa Pike.

5. Hart Crag OS Grid: NY368113
1 km (0.6 miles) from 4
This short stretch of ridge walking is actually part of the Fairfield Horseshow. At Hart Crag, head northeast towards Hartsop over How.

6. Bleaberry Knott OS Grid: NY393125
2.7 km (1.7 miles) from 5
Hartsop over How doesn't have a summit, but is a pleasant gentle way to head down from the tops. Follow the path heading along the ridge as it curves round towards the Patterdale Valley.

7. Bridgend OS Grid: NY399144
2 km (1.2 miles) from 6
At Bridgend, take the path across the valley. This means you can take the footpath on the east side of the valley, rather than a trudge along the side of the A592. At Rooking, take the small road back to Patterdale. Try the White Lion or the Patterdale Hotel for a beer before you get the bus back.

Cover image: Roger Hiley,