28th December 2005

The Mosedale Horseshoe


Walk Overview
Time 07.50 to 15.00
Duration 7 hr 10 min
Distance 10.9 mile
Ascent 4760 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Overbeck Bridge - Yewbarrow - Dore Head - Red Pike - Steeple - Scoat Fell - Wind Gap - Pillar - Black Sail Pass - Wasdale Head - Overbeck Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Overbeck Bridge, Wasdale

Although this is a reasonably sized car park, this is a very popular area and during the summer months it fills up pretty quickly. Yewbarrow rises high above this car park so for those with a liking for steep, challenging fells this is the ideal spot.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Sunrise from Yewbarrow summit.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable from the route up to Red Pike.

Looking back into the sun to the silhouettes of Yewbarrow and the Scafells.

Seatallan, Sellafield and the West Coast taken from "the chair" on Red Pike.

Looking eastwards from Red Pike. The Dodds and the Helvellyn ridge are the fells in the far distance.

Red Pike summit cairn. Kirk Fell and Great Gable are behind, from this point looking as though they are both the same fell.

Looking across to Pillar, also taken from Red Pike summit.

From the wall near Scoat Fell summit looking down to Haycock.

Ennerdale from Steeple.

The Ennerdale and the Loweswater fells from Scoat Fell. The pointed fell in the middle of the picture is Steeple.

Pillar summit.
No matter which direction you walk from Pillar will take you a long time to reach. It's well worth the long walk though, as Pillar really does make you feel as though you're on a "big mountain".

The way ahead to Looking Stead. From this point Great Gable and Kirk Fell again give the illusion of being the same mountain.

Another picture with silhouettes. Red Pike sloping down from the right to Yewbarrow and Illgill Head behind. Burnmoor Tarn can be seen to the left of Illgill Head.

The small tarn between Looking Stead and Black Sail Pass.

Looking back up Black Sail Pass.

Great Gable from one of the fields above Wasdale Head.

Great Gable again and the same sheep that were in the previous picture.

The packhorse bridge at Wasdale Head. It was about 2.30 when I took this picture and the sun was already low enough to start showing some lovely colours.

The "classic" shot of Wast Water lit up by the setting sun.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks