4th September 2010

Caw Fell to Steeple, from Ennerdale


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 16.30
Duration 7 hr 45 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 3100 ft
Walking with Lots of people, all here to congratulate Neil
Bowness Knott - Ennerdale Water - Silvercove Beck - north ridge to Caw Fell - Little Gowder Crag - Haycock - Scoat Fell - Steeple - Long Crag - Lingmell - Woundell Beck - Ennerdale Water - Bowness Knott
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water

Difficult to reach, well perhaps it is a little, but Bowness Knott is in effect the gateway to the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley and therefore well worth the effort required to get here. The valley beyond the car park stretches for over six fantastic traffic free miles.

Parking is free and the car park always has plenty of empty spaces available.


Route Map

A while ago I received an email from Neil Haslewood inviting me to join the group of people he was bringing together for a walk on the fells above Ennerdale. The man reason for the walk was accompany Neil as he ascended his final fell as listed in the guide books written by Wainwright.
The day was a great success, with people from many different areas all meeting up and enjoying a long walk out on fells. Neil even managed to organise some decent weather.

A mile and a half after setting out, we'd passed the lake and crossed the River Liza.

Three steps on from the previous picture and you can look across the fields to Ennerdale Water and Crag Fell.


Out of the valley, out of the trees and onto the open fellside between Deep Gill and Silvercove Beck.

Great Borne and Starling Dodd are seen on the opposite side of the valley.

Time for a regroup, a sit down and a good chat before we reach the ridge wall.

Looking ahead to Little Gowder Crag and Haycock. But first, , ,

, , , we did a short out and back to Caw Fell.

Mid way between Caw Fell and Haycock is the rocky top of Little Gowder Crag where you get this view back to Caw Fell, Iron Crag, Lank Rigg and Ennerdale Water.

Perhaps it's a bit hazy today, but just across from the summit at Haycock you get this view across to the Scafells, Yewbarrow, Illgill Head and if you look carefully two tarns; Burnmoor Tarn and Scoat Tarn.

Haycock summit.

And there's the aptly named Steeple; the main aim of today's walk. Before we headed across there, we parked ourselves behind the wall on Scoat Fell to have lunch.

Scoat Fell summit, the picture was taken before our group turned it into a pick-nick area.

A view across to Pillar.

Richard 'Summiteer' Ratcliffe surveys the area, and in particular our next summit of the day; Steeple.

Almost there now and all we have to do is cross the short ridge to the summit.

A very happy man on Steeple.

Just and so below the summit and looking across to Black Crag (not the Tarn Hows one), Pillar and, appearing to be one and the same, Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

And after walking all that way up, , , we now had to walk all the way down again. To state the obvious, the walk down from here always feels much further than it actually is.

Crossing Low Beck.
OK, I admit it isn't easy to spot the dog and I should have said something, but there is actually one in the previous picture. Her name isn't spot by the way, it's Bethan.

Pillar, seen here behind the ridge we'd just walked down from Steeple.

"Are we nearly there?"
"It won't be long now, we're just about starting to get closer."

According to the sign:
Woundell Beck should provide a great habitat for fish to bread and spawn. However the existing concrete pipe bridge across the beck prevents fish gaining access upstream and river gravels, required for spawning, being carried downstream.

To improve this they are removing the old pipe bridge crossing this summer and replacing it with a new single span timber bridge and approach paths which will then be dedicated as a bridleway. The new bridge is designed to support horse riders and cyclists as well as pedestrians and is being built 50m upstream of the existing bridge.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks