Hard Knott and Border End

Fourth walk in the Lakes and a chance to catch a glimpse of the highest points in England, The Scafells, as well as look at the fantastic Eskdale. It also meant a trip across one of the toughest driving roads in the land, with first Wrynose Pass and then Hardknott Pass to be crossed. First a visit to the old Roman fort at Hard Knott before an ascent of the fell of the same name along with Border End. Walking up from the Hardknott Fort meant a pathless climb as the main path starts from the parking spots at the top of Hardknott Pass. After the recent overnight rain it was also fairly boggy. Still its better than being in the office!!

Start – Hard Knott Roman Fort
Route – Yew Crags – Eskdale Needle – Hard Knott – Border End – Hardknott Pass – Hardknott Fort
Distance – 2 1/2 miles    Start time – 11.15am     Time taken – 2 1/4 hrs    Highest Point – Hard Knott 549m
Weather – Cloudy, sun to the west
© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Top of the Hardknott Pass looking back to the wriggly Wrynose Pass

Top of the Hardknott Pass looking back to the wriggly Wrynose Pass

Hardknott Fort

Hardknott Fort

From the Fort looking across to the Scafells, which a in view for most of this walk

From the Fort looking across to the Scafells, which is in view for most of this walk

Hard Knott 4

Left to right – Esk Pike, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags

Hard Knott 5

Lovely Eskdale

Hard Knott 6

All in a row, from the left – Slight Side, Scafell, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Esk Pike and Bowfell

Hard Knott 7

Same view but this time with the River Esk at the bottom of the shot

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Eskdale Needle in the foreground with some cloud now on Scafell

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Hard Knott summit

Hard Knott 10

Looking the other way with Harter Fell in view and Devoke Water to the right

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Eskdale from Border End

Hard Knott 12

Bowfell from Border End, with cloud down on the Crinkles to the right

Hard Knott 13

Border End summit (you know what’s behind!!)

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Last look into Eskdale with the Roman Fort clearly seen below

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Heading down to Hardknott Pass

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