Haycock – a walk from Ennerdale

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

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.

Haycock from Ennerdale

Lingmell plantation

Haycock from Ennerdale

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.

Haycock from Ennerdale

Trewitt How with Haycock on the right

But the views are spectacular.

Haycock from Ennerdale

Looking towards Steeple, ( the pointed fell ) and Pillar

This view is looking up Ennerdale with Pillar on the right and Haystacks in the distance.

Haycock from Ennerdale

Looking towards Pillar

It was clear enough to look across the Solway Firth to Scotland.

Haycock from Ennerdale

Looking across the Solway to Scotland

Our slog continued past the very dramatic Mirklin Cove, Steeple and Scoat Fell.

Haycock from Ennerdale

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.

Haycock from Ennerdale

Ennerdale Water

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.

Haycock from Ennerdale

A Herdwick sheep

Onwards and upwards!

Haycock from Ennerdale

Not too far now

The views from the summit of Haycock were spectacular, every way you looked it was awesome.

Haycock from Ennerdale

Scafell range from the summit of Haycock

Haycock from Ennerdale

View from the summit

 

Haycock from Ennerdale

Looking towards Ravenglass and the sea

 

Haycock from Ennerdale

Haycock from Ennerdale

Haycock from Ennerdale

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.
Haycock from EnnerdaleThe 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.

Haycock from Ennerdale

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