25th June 2004

A walk in the remote fells South West of Eskdale.


Walk Overview
Time 14:00 to 17:30
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 1804 ft
Walking with On my own
Woodend Bridge - Hesk Fell - Holehouse Tarn - Stainton Pike - Whitfell - Yoadcastle - Devoke Water - Birker Fell Road - Woodend Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside near woodend Farm, Birker Fell road

This isn't really a car park or even somewhere that has been adopted as a parking space. It just seemed like a good idea at the time, and for the porpose of quick access to Hesk Fell, it worked pretty well.


Route Map

Looking across to a wide range of fells from the start of the walk L - R Pillar, Kirk Fell, the Scafells under cloud, with Esk Pike and Bowfell in the distance.

National Trust electric fence warning on Hesk Fell.

Devoke Water from the side of Hesk Fell. The path had almost gone now, the easiest thing to do is to keep heading for the highest point you can see.

The Duddon Estuary from Hesk Fell summit.

The Coniston fells from Hesk Fell summit. Possibly one of the smallest summit cairns on the Lake District ??

The Scafell range from the route between Hesk Fell and Stainton Pike. This route is across wide open grassy fell side. There is a narrow path to follow but during poor visibility it would take quite accurate map reading to stay on the path.

Stainton Pike summit. As you approach Stainton Pike you come across a fence, that appears to go all the way around the fell. From this direction the only thing to do is climb over it.

Holehouse Tarn.

Whitfell summit. The fells above the trig point are Grey Friar and Great Carrs, to the right of these are the Old Man of Coniston fells. This is the highest fell in the area, the views from the summit are uninterrupted in every direction.

Looking over Buck Barrow to the Black Combe fells. The cloud was starting to build up now. It looked as though the sunshine had gone for the day.

Yoadcastle summit.

Devoke Water from the route down from Yoadcastle. There is no path on this part of the route, but as you can see, in good visibility you just need to walk straight down to the Tarn.

Devoke Water and the old ruined boathouse. The fell in the back ground just in the cloud is Kirk Fell. The end of the tarn on the right hand side of the picture is the point at which I turned right heading for Woodend.

The Dunnerdale fells from the end of the walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks