Friday 3rd June 2011


Start Point : Overbeck Bridge (NY 168 068)


Distance : 8.7 miles          Height Ascended : 1060 metres


Route Map



Yewbarrow from the approach road to Bowderdale farm - Red Pike to the left.


The Wastwater Screes.


Middle Fell from the beginning of the climb alongside Nether Beck.


Nether Beck.


Great Lad Crag above the meeting of Ladcrag Beck and Nether Beck - in the distance Haycock.


Another view of Middle Fell.


Middle Fell and Seatallan from the old sheepfold below Scoat Tarn.


Haycock and a stunted windblown Juniper.


The split boulder at Scoat Tarn.


Scoat Tarn

A gem in a wild setting (AW).


…………………………and again from a slighter higher viewpoint

The views change dramatically as the depression between Scoat Fell and Red Pike is reached - here looking towards Pillar.


Red Pike and a rather hazy view of Lingmell and the Scafells in the background.


And again…………………..but first Scoat Fell and Steeple.


Mosedale - in the centre, behind Kirk Fell, the unmistakeable ‘bowler-hat’ profile of Great Gable.


Steeple from the top of Mirk Cove.



The unknown man who first named this fell was blessed both with inspiration and imagination.

Few mountains given descriptive names have fared better. Steeple is a magnificent choice. (AW)





The Scoat Fell / Pillar ridge.


The summit of Scoat Fell.

Walkers who insist on summit cairns being sited precisely on the highest part of a summit have suffered a frustration here,

for the exact spot representing the maximum altitude of Scoat Fell is fully occupied by a solid bit of wall. (AW)


Steeple from the summit of Scoat Fell………………...


………………….and again.


Looking across the tops of Mirk Cove and Black Crag  towards Pillar.


Ennerdale from the summit of Steeple.


The High Stile ridge from the same viewpoint.


Red Pike's highest summit cairn (surprisingly a slight detour is required from the main ridge path to reach it).




Low Tarn.



The Chair.


Looking down on Dore Head.


Over Dore Head towards the head of  Wasdale.


Kirk Fell and Great Gable over the small pool at Dore Head.


Cotton grass island.


Clearer skies now - looking back to Red Pike from the path below Dore Head.


The Screes and Wast Water.


High Fell and Red Pike from below Dropping Crag.


Bell Rib.


Dropping Crag and Bell Rib (the impressive frontage to Yewbarrow's southern approach).


Lingmell, Great End and Sca Fell from near Overbeck Bridge (the start and end of this walk)..