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Hart Fell


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
808 m (2650 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
145 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Stag hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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  78   Nithsdale & Annandale, Sanquhar & Moffat

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Hart Fell, visible from the M74, is a broad rolling hill located N of the town of Moffat.

To the N, W and S it has easy to moderate slopes giving easy access. However the S slopes of the E ridge (Saddle Craigs) and the NE slopes of the S ridge (Hartfell Craig and Falcon Craig) form the rocky walls of a deep corrie (Black Hope).

The S ridge offers the two primary ascent routes, either from the south-west via Arthur's Seat, or from the S via Blue Cairn and Swatte Fell. N.B. the latter route takes you close to crags. Access from the W via Annanhead hill and Whitehope Knowe is also possible.

Hazards you may encounter on Hart Fell include
 High Plateau, summit may be difficult to locate.
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Hart Fell.

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 Routes that include Hart Fell
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 806 m 11.26 km 4 hrs Hart Fell  This route to Hart Fell starts on the path leading to Hartfell Spa, thereafter it is on easy slopes. Navigation is simple as it is a walk up the slopes on one side of a valley and down the slopes on the other. It does however take you close to crags.  

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 Baggers Gallery for Hart Fell

Approaching top of Hart Fell from the east: 11th March 2014

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

13/09/2012. Jimmy Borthwick can hardly conceal his joy being atop Hart Fell on a misty, windy, wet day!

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal

As can be seen from the expression on my face this wasn't the happiest of walks! Quite a challenge and I was just glad to get it over with.

© Gavin White

Image by Gavin White

07/09/09. Bill Harley on ascent of Hart Fell via Auchencat Burn. From Hartfell Rig looking back towards Under Saddle Yoke and Saddle Yoke.

© Mike Cowal

Image by Mike Cowal
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Malcolm Mackellar
wrote on
April 26, 2012
Your Notes Head for NT 07512 10351 Park at hut room for several cars. Head initially for hart fell spa As gradient starts to descend on approach to the spa head up the slope on the sheep tracks 400m of the ascent is gained quickly Head for arthurs seat Eventually reach the ridge along hart fell craig Turn n'wly for cairn On descent follow fence I think this route is more enjoyable than going anti clockwise as the ascent is gained quickly then the rest of walk is mostly descent. Getting over the auchencat burn involves a crossing unfortunately the 2 logs are in a bad way,
Bruce Donachie
wrote on
July 16, 2011
Started at Blackshope Farm as opposed to walking right up the Glen, I decided to push up the steepest part of the hill first and then walk along the cliffs to the summit. Probably harder, but more interesting than walking through the glen and topping that way. Camped quarter of a mile away and reached the top early next morning. Nice relatively easy walk to White Comb, back into Boggy Bottum to reclaim my rucksack then up onto Saddle Yolk where I hoped to camp for the night. Unfortunately dark clouds were forming and rain was in the air, so head back to car at Blackshope. Great took 24hrs.
James Corrigan
wrote on
May 15, 2011
Approached this time from Blackshope Farm.Through the gate and headed NE. took the hill head on.Steep but height soon gained giving great views West over to Capel Fell.Croft Head and Andrew Whinney hill to the East.As more height is gaine Black Craig roars in to view and what a sight it is from here.Hound shoulder across the Glen has a double Coire with a scrambling gulley for the brave.Onwards to Saddle Yolk with a sharp Col seperating it from Under Saddle Yolk.The views all around continue to be impressive with Hart Fell now within sight.A large drop in to the valley and a hard pull up to the summit cairn and trig pillar of Hart Fell.Flat top and back on the circuit for the return.Nubbery Knoews.Falcon Craig are passed, great views of Saddle/Under Saddle yolk across the deep Glen.A small detour here takes in another Donald. Swatte Fell.Nether Coomb Craig.Hound Bank and finally Black Craig.Photo oportunities here of the entire walk.A very steep down to the Farm and done.Great Walk.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
May 25, 2008
Climbed with Ellen on 25/05/08. Took the route up Hart Fell spa, which involved a lot of scrambling, some of it being quite tricky given the rocks were often loose. After that it was a straightforward ascent although it was VERY windy at the top, and we returned via Swatte Fell and Blue Cairn.

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