Walk up Caw Fell, Haycock, Scoat Fell and Steeple from Ennerdale
Route Summary: Starting on the shores of Ennerdale Water, this route climbs through Ennerdale Forest and follows faint, grassy paths to these four quiet Wainwrights.
Starting on the shores of Ennerdale Water, this route climbs through Ennerdale Forest and follows faint, grassy paths to these four quiet Wainwrights.
|19.86 km||990 m||7-8 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Ennerdale Water
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Walk up Caw Fell, Haycock, Scoat Fell and Steeple from Ennerdale Details
Just west of Pillar summit, Caw Fell, Haycock, Scoat Fell and Steeple sit in a secluded corner of the Lake District. Ennerdale in Lake District’s Western Fells, with crystal clear waters and dense conifers, has almost an alpine appearance. This route showcases Ennerdale at its best, following shoreline paths, climbing between the trees and reaching the quiet summits, with breathtaking views back across the lake, out to the coast and the Scafell range.
Caw Fell, Haycock, Scoat Fell and Steeple from Ennerdale Route Description
1. Return to the road from the car park and turn left. The gravel track follows the shoreline of Ennerdale Water for approximately 2.5km.
3. The track continues between farming fields, with great views of Crag Fell and Anglers Crag above Ennerdale Water to the right and Pillar to the left.
4. Go through the wooden swing gate and continue straight ahead.
5. The path runs between the trees and soon reaches a large, open grassy plain. Take the narrow, left hand footpath between the trees.
6. Keep left at the fork. The rocky, and often muddy path drops down towards the stream. Go over the first footbridge and turn right.
7. The path gradually widens and becomes clearer as it climbs the hillside.
8. The edge of the treeline is eventually reached, with great views back across Starling Dodd and the High Stile range.
9. Go over the stile and turn left, following the narrow path as it bears right through the bracken.
11. The path bears around to the right, with wonderful views back across the valley and reaches the remains of a dry stone wall.
12. Turn left and leave the footpath, following the fallen dry stone wall to a fence line. Turn right and continue alongside the fence to reach the corner of the fence and a stile.
14. Retrace your steps back to the stone shelter and then to the fence line. Don’t cross the stile this time. Instead continue straight ahead, following the path next to the wall and keeping the wall and fence on your left.
15. The path gradually steepens as it approaches Little Gowder Crag and then weaves up between the rocks to Haycock summit.
16. There are two main cairns on Haycock; the higher and true summit is the cairn next to the stone wall. Both offer spectacular views of the Scafell range.
17. From the summit, turn left. Keeping the wall to the left, follow the path downhill.
18. The path levels out for a metre or two and then, still following the wall, gently climbs towards Scoat Fell, with Ennerdale Water down to the left.
19. Go over the left hand stile and turn right. Keep the fence and wall on your right.
20. A large cairn on the left marks the start of the path to Steeple.
21. Ignore this large cairn for now and continue following the wall as it bears around to the right. After approximately 250 metres, a small cairn appears on top of the wall. This is the summit of Scoat Fell. Retrace your steps back to the large cairn. This time, turn right and take the path towards Steeple.
22. The narrow and dramatic path hugs the edge of the cliff.
23. After a short descent, the footpath climbs towards the summit cairn, with Pillar in the background.
24. Bearing left, the path gradually widens and descends. Although faint in places, the path along Long Crag is clear enough to follow.
25. As the footpath levels out and approaches the edge of Ennerdale Forest, it gets a little trickier. The path reaches a very faint junction (if you get to Low Beck, you’ve gone too far). Turn right at the junction, heading north east and then almost immediately, turn left. The very faint path runs through the heather to pass a large boulder and reach a stile in the fence. The compass bearing is 358 N.
26. Go over the stile and continue straight ahead. Keep right at the forks and the path soon crosses a low dry stone wall.
27. The path enters the forest and descends alongside Low Beck. The rocky, often boggy and uneven path makes the route seem much steeper than it actually is. After approximately 6.5km, the path reaches a small clearing, which marks the end of a forestry track. Ignore the track and instead bear left along a narrow path back into the dense trees.
28. Continue alongside the beck; there are a few great viewpoints of the waterfalls.
29. The path levels out and reaches a junction.
30. Turn left and follow the forestry track across the bridge. After approximately 300 metres, there’s a right hand fork. Take the fork and follow the path through the trees and alongside the pond.
31. Keep left at the next fork and then turn right back on to the wide track. Continue straight ahead, following the track to reach a cattle grid and two gates. Go through the wooden swing gate, continue uphill and bear right across the bridge.
32. The track reaches a junction; turn right and go through the wooden gate to join the track taken earlier on.
33. Go straight across the concrete bridge and turn left. Follow the shoreline track to return to the car park.