A view of Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, The Step and Cofa Pike from the ridge of
Hartsop above How.
Although properly the long north east ridge of Hart Crag, Alfred Wainwright accorded
Hartsop above How the status of a separate fell in his Pictorial Guide to the
Lakeland Fells and that convention is followed here. The name, with the middle
word uncapitalised, is that used on Ordnance Survey maps and has wide support in
guidebooks, although it is sometimes hyphenated. Wainwright states that the local name
for the fell is Gill Crag.
A three mile ridge of high ground branches off north east from the Fairfield horseshoe at
Hart Crag. It turns gradually more northward, resembling a billhook in plan. To the north
is Deepdale, a long curving valley with a marshy and rather dismal character. The southern
boundary of Hartsop above How is formed by Dovedale, a picturesque valley of woodlands
and waterfalls. Both dales meet the main valley of Kirkstone, Goldrill Beck which flows
north through Patterdale to Ullswater.