4th June 2010

A hazy walk onto Whitfell


Walk Overview
Time 12.45 to 16.00
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 1710 ft
Walking with On my own
Birker Fell Road - Devoke Water - Rowantree How - Woodend Height - Yoadcastle - Stainton Pike - Holehouse Tarn - Whitfell - Standing Stone - above Storthes - above Cockley Moss - Woodend Bridge - 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

Not long after setting out, Devoke Water comes into view.

Water Crag, seen behind a very dry looking tarn.

Passing by the ruined boathouse at Washfold Point.

A hazy view over Devoke Water, taken from Woodend Height.

Just past the cairn on Woodend Height I took this picture of Yoadcastle.

A view back to Yoadcastle, taken during one of the spells of sunshine I enjoyed.

Stainton Pike summit.

Whitfell, seen behind Holehouse Tarn.

A view back along the ridge; I know it's not exactly a a ridge, but it's still a view back.

Whitfell summit.

From Whitfell I took an off path route down to the standing stone (here) and then continued more or less to the lowest point to the left of Hesk Fell.

Looking down to Storthes.
It wasn't half hot walking across here!

As I approached the northern end of Hesk Fell, Devoke Water came back into view. Today however, I took the slightly longer route back by heading around to the road near woodend.

A close up of Woodend, well, part of it anyway.

Heading down to the road; next to the tree.

Woodend Bridge.

You've never got a tin of black paint and a small brush when you need one.

Next to the road you pass this old boundary stone - Ulpha & Birker.

A close up of Birkerthwaite.

And not so close.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks