12th April 2010

An evening walk around Devoke Water


Walk Overview
Time 16.35 to 18.10
Duration 1 hr 35 min
Distance 3.5 mile
Ascent 400 ft
Walking with Bill Richards
Birker Fell Road - Devoke Water - Water Crag - Rough Crag - 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

With the current spell of good weather lasting yet another day, and the added bonus of extra daylight hours, I decided to take advantage and have an evening walk around Devoke Water. This is somewhere I always enjoy, although wellingtons may have been more suitable than boots for part of the walk.

Blue sky and sunshine over the higher Lakeland fells; including Scafell, Esk Pike and Bow Fell.

A view back along the track between the road and Devoke Water.

The old boathouse next to the tarn.

Scafell seen behind the more ruinous section of the boathouse.

As the saying goes, , , "patients is a virtue".

Looking back along the VERY wet route alongside the tarn.

We all need a way to relax; some people read, some people walk the fells, some like watching TV, and others, like the lady in the red van, enjoy knitting. I'm assuming she was waiting for the guy who was fishing, so you have to admire the way they've found the perfect compromise.
He likes fishing, the outdoors but hates knitting. She likes knitting, the outdoors but hates fishing.

At the far end of the tarn now and unbelievably, after such a sunny day, we find ourselves walking in the shade.

Crossing Devoke Water's outflow.


Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell, still enjoying the evening sunshine.

A close up of Bow Fell.


Zooming in on the boathouse.

Would you credit it, we get about ten yards from the car and the sun comes back out, and stays out all the way home.

Mmmmm just over 20 miles until I get something to eat.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks