November 17, 2017

Towns and Villages of Cumbria

Hartsop

(See also Hayeswater , Brothers Water)

Hartsop village view of Kirkstone Pass road and fells by Andy Wallace Made up of 17th century grey stone cottages, Hartsop retains its historic image. Like a number of other small Cumbrian villages, it had houses with spinning galleries.

Hartsop lies in Patterdale within what was once a royal forest set aside for deer hunting. Red squirrels, badgers, birds and other wildlife like this peaceful valley spot.

Hartsop village courtesy Andy WallaceThe National Trust owns Hartsop Hall, located on the othe side of the valley from where the village is. The hall dates from the 16th century. A hundred years after it was built it passed into the ownership of Sir John Lowther who was the first Lord Lonsdale. It then was used as an ordinary farmhouse.

A mile from the village is the remote Hayeswater.

Photos courtesy of Andy Wallace

Hartsop is located on a minor road off the A592 north-east of Brothers Water.

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