Sharp Haw

Sharp Haw

Sharp Haw is the distinctive summit of Flasby Fell which, despite its modest altitude, is one of the most prominent fells in the Dales.

Height (m): 357
Height (ft): 1171
Prominence (m): 168
Classification: Marilyn
Hill No: 2805
Grid Ref: SD959552
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 3

Altogether Flasby Fell has five summits, only the two highest Sharp Haw and Rough Haw (339m) are named. The other three tops are the crag lined 326m summit to the south-west of Sharp Haw and the less interesting 289m and 283m tops to the north of Rough Haw.

The five summits of Flasby Fell with Sharp Haw the second from the left
The five summits of Flasby Fell with Sharp Haw the second from the left

The main duo of Sharp Haw and Rough Haw make a fine contrast, from the south in particular Sharp Haw is well named as it rises to a point, to the east Rough Haw is much more rounded. The author Paul Hannon memorably described them as ‘twin portals to the Yorkshire Dales’.

Rough Haw from Sharp Haw
Rough Haw from Sharp Haw

Probably the easiest way to the top of Sharp Haw is via a simple walk of just over a mile from a sharp bend on Bog Lane, where it is possible to park several cars. From the gate on the road corner simply follow the bridleway until it approaches the saddle between Sharp Haw and Rough Haw. A clear path branches off to climb to the summit, a short steep pull to finish.

Approaching Sharp Haw from the bridleway from Bog Lane
Approaching Sharp Haw from the bridleway from Bog Lane

From the north the same bridleway can be followed southwards from the small village of Flasby where once again a path breaks off for Sharp Haw whilst just below the saddle with Rough Haw.

Sharp Haw from Rough Haw - the path leading up from the saddle can clearly be seen
Sharp Haw from Rough Haw – the path leading up from the saddle can clearly be seen

An alternative route from Flasby is to take the path past High Laithe and into Crag Wood. Upon reaching a memorial bench take a thin path on the left. This zigzags up through trees and rhododendrons before gaining the open fell at a gate. It is then a short walk to the summit.

The memorial bench in Crag Wood
The memorial bench in Crag Wood

Sharp Haw has probably the smallest summit area of any of the hills in the Yorkshire Dales. The highest point is not in doubt and is marked by an Ordnance Survey trig point, listed as Sharpah on the OS database. The views are excellent, especially looking north-east towards Cracoe Fell and the clearly visible Rylstone Cross. To the south-west meanwhile the view looks towards Pinhaw Beacon, Weets Hill and the unmistakeable profile of Pendle Hill.

The summit of Sharp Haw looking south towards Skipton
The summit of Sharp Haw looking south towards Skipton

While it would be easy to simply walk to the summit and back it is worth exploring some of the other summits on Flasby Fell. Rough Haw is definitely worth checking out though my favourite is the 326m summit above Crag Wood which is topped by a large cairn and features some fine gritstone outcrops. Also worth finding is the small tarn, that I call Crag Tarn, which is hidden away below a crag to the west of Sharp Haw’s summit.

Sharp Haw from the 326m summit
Sharp Haw from the 326m summit

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