August 12th 2012
This trip to the Lakes would see us visiting the Western Fells from our holiday cottage just outside the village of Ennerdale.
Our first walk of the week started from the car park at Bowness Knott beside beautiful Ennerdale Water. Our first destination was Steeple via the north facing ridge of Long Crag, This involved a 3 mile walk alongside the lake and the River Liza before we even set foot onto the fellside. Followed by a difficult route finding exercise through the conifer plantation whilst climbing steeply, eventually bursting out into sunshine with great views of the surrounding fells. The route to Steeple was fairly straight forward, but the path was faint and intermittent, with lots of false summits along the way. But what an exhilarating summit once we arrived, steep drops on all sides and also blowing a gale. Christine would not stand up for a photo by the cairn because of the possibility she would be blown over the edge. The rest of the walk would be nowhere near the excitement of attaining and exiting the summit of Steeple. A short walk on was the summit of Scoat Fell with the cairn on top of a wall which stretches for miles. The last Wainwright summit of the day Haycock was then a further mile along the ridge. Followed by descent just after Little Gowder Crag via the ridge at Silver Cove following another faint path through thick heather this time missing most of the conifer plantation and emerging close to the bridge over the River Liza.
3 Wainwrights completed - 16 in Total
Steeple - 819 mts.
Scoat Fell - 841 mts.
Haycock - 797 mts.
Scoat Fell summit.