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Grid reference: NY405131
Location: 54°30’36"N, 2°54’57"W
Post town: Penrith
Postcode: CA11
Dialling code: 017684
Local Government
Council: Westmorland & Furness
Penrith and The Border
Hartsop (right) seen from Hartsop Dodd

Hartsop is a small village in the Patterdale valley of Westmorland, deep within the charms of the Lake District. It may be found near Brothers Water, Hayeswater and Kirkstone Pass.

The village consists of 17th-century grey stone cottages, like so many of its neighbours. Hartsop retains its historic image, in that, in common with a number of other small Lakeland villages, it had houses with spinning galleries. It was also a lead mining community.

About the village

Hartsop Hall stands on the far side of the valley from the village. The hall dates from the 16th century and was formerly the home of the de Lancasters. In the 17th century it passed into the ownership of Sir John Lowther a member of the family that later became Earls of Lonsdale. Later it became used as an ordinary farmhouse. Local history relates that when the hall was extended in the 18th century, it was built across an ancient right-of-way, a right which at least one dalesman insisted on exercising, by walking through the hall.[1] Today it is in the care of the National Trust.

A mile from the village is the small and remote lake of Hayeswater which serves as a reservoir for the town of Penrith about 12 miles away.

Hartsop is a popular starting point for hill walkers climbing on the High Street range and the Helvellyn range. The village is overlooked by Brock Crags and Hartsop Dodd.

Outside links

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  1. Marsh, Terence John: 'Towns and Villages of Cumbria' (Sigma Press, 1999)