2nd November 2006

A Mosedale round - Kirk Fell to Yewbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 08.50 to 16.10
Duration 7 hr 20 min
Distance 10.4 mile
Ascent 5430 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Wasdale Head - Kirk Fell - Black Sail Pass - Pillar - Wind Gap - Scoat Fell - Steeple - Red Pike - Dore Head - Yewbarrow - Wast Water - Wasdale Head
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Wasdale Head

Wasdale can boast possession of the highest mountain, the deepest lake and the smallest church. What I'd like to do is add the busiest car park onto this list. During the summer months this is an incredibly popular place, particularly in June when the three peak walkers are out in force.

Unbelievable I know, but parking is actually free. This tiny hamlet also has a hotel / pub, a shop, a camp site and all the facilities you expect to find with it.


Route Map

Sunshine on the Pillar ridge seen from Wasdale Head. The cloud seen in this photo soon cleared to give a day of perfect conditions for the fells.

Looking back down to Wasdale Head and Wast Water from the "direct" route up Kirk Fell.

Gaining height now and getting this view across to Red Pike.

The scree section at the top of the path was ahead of us and as is usual during the approach to the scree there was some speculation as to the so called easiest route. Over the years my preferred route has been to avoid the path on the right and walk through the small area of grass (in the scree), then walk closely beside the faint path on the left.

The view behind us.

Kirk Fell summit and the view as far as Blencathra on the far left and the Eastern ridge.

Pillar ahead of us on the left and the High Stile ridge to the right.

A partially frozen tarn just above Black Sail Pass.

As we were walking along the Pillar ridge we left the main path, which can be seen in this picture and look the slight detour onto Looking Stead. Well worth it for the views down into Ennerdale Valley.

Sunlight reflecting on Mosedale Beck and Burnmoor Tarn (top middle).

A close up of the West Cumbrian Coast between Workington and Maryport, the Solway, complete with a ship and some of the Scottish mountains. The picture looks a little hazy, but you can almost make out the building and fields on the Scottish side of the Solway.

Pillar summit.

A close up of Hindscarth with Blencathra behind.

Ennerdale Water seen as we were leaving Pillar. I can't remember the last time I walked in such clear conditions as this. It was surprisingly warm too, apart from the section leaving Kirk Fell when we were in the shade the whole walk was done in a short sleeves.

Pillar and Wind Gap taken from the path up to Black Crag.

And looking in the same direction from the rocky path near Scoat Fell. As we both said it doesn't get much better than this !!

Sunlight on Steeple.

The broad ridge between Scoat Fell and the turn off to Steeple.

The view into Ennerdale Valley from Steeple summit.

Re fuelled and heading towards Red Pike. The two higher fells behind are Scafell Pike (left) and Scafell (right).

It was well into the afternoon now as we were descending to Dore Head and the light was becoming quite spectacular. The closest fell / steep ridge on the left is a side on view of the direct route up Kirk Fell which we'd walked up at the start of the day. This picture helps to show just how steep the route is. The other fells are Great Gable, Great End, Lingmell, Broad Crag and Scafell Pike.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable again, This picture was taken from the ridge across Yewbarrow.

The Scafells and Lingmell.

The Scafells and Slight Side (right) with the long shadow of Illgill Head creeping across the fell side above Wast Water.

Looking back up to the Dropping Crag / Bell Rib end of Yewbarrow. A very steep, but quick route off the fells.

Two pictures of the Scafells taken near Wast Water.

Two pictures of the Scafells taken near Wast Water.

Beautiful late afternoon light on our walk back to Wasdale Head.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks