29th April 2005

Devoke Water, Yoadcastle and Hesk Fell.


Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 16.35
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 1348
Walking with On my own
Birker Fell Road - Devoke Water - Yoadcastle - Hesk Fell - Birker Fell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, near Devoke Water (Birker Fell road)

Being one of the least frequented area of the Lake District means that the limited parking around here is generally adequate anyway. The obvious place to park to reach Devoke Water is at the crossroads at the Birker Fell Road for High Ground or Devoke Water. Although, there are a actually couple of other places close by with space for a couple of cars each.

Needless to say parking is free.


Route Map

The remains of the boathouse at Washfold Point at Devoke Water.
This is one of the more remote parts of the Lake District. I didn't see anyone else while I was out today and even when I've done much longer walks in this area I've never met more than a couple of people. This is quite surprising when you see just how close it is to Eskdale on one side and Seathwaite / Duddon Valley on the other. The lure of the more well known fells must outweigh most peoples desire to explore.

From my route up to Yoadcastle looking back down to Devoke Water.
The fells in the background are (left hand side) Illgill Head, Kirk Fell, Great Gable (just). On the right are the Scafells and Bowfell ridges all with cloud on the tops.

The small tarn found on the short walk between Woodend Height and Yoadcastle.

A build up of cloud on Stainton Pike from just below Yoadcastle summit.

Hesk Fell from the route down from Yoadcastle.
The flat area of ground between Yoadcastle and Hesk Fell turned out to be a lot drier than I had expected it to be and apart from when I was trying to find a good place to get over an electric fence, I almost managed to walk from here to the summit in a straight line.

Looking back up to Yoadcastle from the same route.

Caw and some of the Coniston fells from my route off Hesk Fell.

From the track leading to Woodend Farm looking across to Stickle Pike and the Dunnerdale Fells.

Woodend Bridge and Crosby Gill.
this is found along the track between the Birker Fell road and Woodend Farm.

I think this must be an old boundary stone, of some sort. The other side of the stone has "ULPHA" carved into it so I'm assuming it marks the boundary between Ulpha and Birker. The stone really is very small and I almost walked past it without noticing the names carved on it. You can probably guess just how small it is by looking at the grass, but I had to lay down on the road to take this picture. ( now that's dedication for you or is it stupidity )

Almost back at the car and looking across to the Eskdale Fells with Illgill Head, Kirk Fell and Scafell which is almost out of site under the cloud again.

From the same place this time looking across to Great Worm Crag, Green Crag and Harter Fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks