28th April 2006

Devoke Water and some of the remote south western fells


Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 17.05
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 7.9 mile
Ascent 2060 ft
Walking with On my own
Birker Fell Road - Devoke Water - Yoadcastle - Stainton Pike - Whitfell - Storthes - 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

This afternoons walk was around the remote fells between Eskdale and the west coast. This picture of Green Crag and the summit of Harter Fell above Crook Crag was taken at the start of the walk.

The old boathouse next to Devoke Water. The fell behind the tarn is Water Crag.

Looking back down to Devoke Water.
The fells in the background include Illgill Head, Kirk Fell, Great Gable (top of), Scafell.

Yoadcastle taken from the route I took to Stainton Pike.

The Knott and the west coast.

Near Stainton Pike looking across to Hesk Fell and the Coniston fells.

Holehouse Tarn and Stainton Pike.

Stainton Pike and Yoadcastle from the route up to Whitfell.

Whitfell summit with the Coniston fells behind.

Stainton Pike and Yoadcastle from Whitfell.
As I said this is a very remote area, but in conditions like today the route is still quite easy to follow. However, during poor visibility navigation would be very difficult in this area.

Hesk Fell.
I did intend to take a route around the right hand side of this area, but the more height I lost the wetter it became under foot. There are quite a few little becks running into the flat area, but no sign of any substantial outflow. So I thought all that water must be spreading out and sitting there before ending up in Holehouse Gill. At this point I decided to change my original route and walk around the higher ground on the left.

Caw and The Pike seen across the area called Stothes.

Hesk Fell summit.

Crosbythwaite in front of Caw. Taken from the side of Hesk Fell.

Looking down to the Birker Fell road. The black "thing" that looks like a big rock on the track between the road and the field with the tree is actually the bridge in the next photo.

Woodend Bridge.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks