Steeple & Haycock

  • Climb/descend two cracking ridges
  • Views down Ennerdale and Pillar
  • Steeple is a dramatic summit

Ennerdale is the only valley in the Lake District without a public road so any walk in to the mountains within its depths is always longer and more of an effort than the other valleys. It reminds me more of Scotland than the Lakes although to be fair the forest road offers reasonably quick access. To the north the High Stile ridge is unappealing and much better done from Buttermere but to the south there are some intriguing ridges leading down in to the forests. None more so than Steeple (2,687′) which, along with Pillar, are Ennerdale’s mountains.

The ridge is as good to walk on as it is to look at (no difficulties) and heads like a beeline to the small summit area whilst providing a consistently excellent, and ever changing view of Pillar’s dramatic north face. From the summit a small inter connecting ridge leads to the broad plateau of Scoat Fell (2,760′), the highest point on the walk, and an easy walk over to the craggy heights of Haycock (2,618′). The descent over Tewitt Fell shoulder to the crags of Lingmell is the best line and there are some excellent views down Ennerdale completing what is a wonderful, and unusual, day on the high fells.

Recommend: Try adding the southern shore path on Ennerdale, it will probably take at least 1/2 an hour more but, if time permits, is worth the effort.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 109153. Unless staying at Low Gillerthwaite YH or Field Centre this is as close as acar can get to the fells.
Height to Climb: 819ms (2,686 feet)
Terrain: The track is good on the ridge of Steeple but more intermittent on Tewitt Crag, Haycock. The forest road does make the first and last 2 miles quick and easy.
Eating & Drinking: The Shepherd's Arms at Ennerdale Bridge serves food and whichever drink takes your fancy.
Similar Walks Nearby: Lands to the west of Ennerdale
Haystacks from Buttermere
High Stile Ridge
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