17th April 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 35

Devoke Water and Holehouse Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 12:45 to 3:20pm
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Birker Fell Road - Devoke Water - Rigg Beck - Woodend Height - Yoadcastle - Stainton Pike - Holehouse Tarn - fellside above Woodend - Devoke Water - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Today I'm on the quiet ground above Eskdale for a walk I've been holding onto until we'd had a spell of dry weather. Today turned out to be the perfect day. The bonus here is that setting off on the Birker Fell road at just under 800ft ASL makes reaching the higher section of the route an easy affair.

In hardly any time at all Devoke Water comes into view.

I wonder if someone still maintains the boat house because the bit next to the water is in surprisingly good condition for such an out of the way place. However, the other bit looks like they never bothered repairing the damage caused at last years fishing club Christmas Party. Apparently it all kicked off when a bloke from Eskdale said he'd caught a big fat trout in the tarn and someone from Duddon Valley thought he was talking about his wife., , , , , , I don't know, I'm only telling you what I've heard.


Looking back down to Devoke Water and the lakeland fells beyond.

It's not very clear in the distance but here's a picture looking down to the Cumbrian coast from the top of Yoadcastle.

Yoadcastle summit in front of Hesk Fell.

Looking back to Yoadcastle.

What a fantastic area, wide open grassy moorland, little in the way of paths and no people; just my kind of place. As far as sunshine goes I think I made a good choice today.


Here's another photo of the Cumbrian coast, this time I'm on Stainton Pike.

From Stainton Pike I make the short walk across to Holehouse Tarn.

Holehouse Tarn in front of Whitfell.



Time to head back down now, and as the walk between here and Devoke Water is off path, it doesn't matter which route you take at all. Somewhere around here I had the spur of the moment thought to head across onto the area of fellside above Woodend.

A view down to Woodend.

A close up of Green Crag and Harter Fell.


Almost back at Devoke Water now.


OK, the picture makes the boat house look like it's sloping towards the water but the thing is, when you're standing looking at it, it does actually slope towards the water. Look at the previous two pictures.

That was a good little walk in an area I always enjoy visiting. Before heading home for tea, I take this picture of Green Crag and Harter Fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks