Haycock sits in the Western Fells, it’s in a part of the Lake District which is fairly inaccessible by car. I look at Haycock every day, weather permitting, so I thought it was time I walked it. Monday was a glorious day so we dropped everything and headed out on the Fells.
We parked at Bowness Knott, he first part of the walk is very gentle along the shore of Ennerdale Water
Ennerdale looking towards Haycock
At the end of the lake there is a path off to the right which crosses a stream, the path goes through Lingmell Plantation and starts to climb.
The light coming through the larches and shimmering mosses made everything look so magical.
Ennerdale Water peeping through the trees
Looking back towards Ennerdale Water
Then the path goes up Tewitt How, there seems a long way to go still.
Trewitt How with Haycock on the right
But the views are spectacular.
Looking towards Steeple, ( the pointed fell ) and Pillar
This view is looking up Ennerdale with Pillar on the right and Haystacks in the distance.
Looking towards Pillar
It was clear enough to look across the Solway Firth to Scotland.
Looking across the Solway to Scotland
Our slog continued past the very dramatic Mirklin Cove, Steeple and Scoat Fell.
Mirklin Cove, Steeple and Scoat Fell
Ennerdale and the car park seemed such a long way away, we parked just around the promontory on the right.
We didn’t pass another person on the entire walk, until we got to the summit, but we did have the company of a few sheep. Herdwick’s have such lovely faces, they were brought here by the Vikings so they are very hardy, they need to be.
A Herdwick sheep
Onwards and upwards!
Not too far now
The views from the summit of Haycock were spectacular, every way you looked it was awesome.
Scafell range from the summit of Haycock
View from the summit
Looking towards Ravenglass and the sea
Grasmoor peeping over the top
It was too windy to linger at the top , our descent started, going past Little Gouda Cragg then down an unnamed ridge, past a waterfall and down to the woods. The sun was low in the sky when we got back down to Ennerdale.
The sun was just about to vanish behind Angler’s Cragg as we returned to the car park, it was a long walk, 8 or 9 miles but well worth it for the views.