Mosedale Horseshoe - Yewbarrow to Pillar via Steeple, Scoat Fell and Red Pike

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This rather epic walk takes in some of the highest and most shapely peaks in the Lake District and summits no less than 5 Wainrights. Starting off at National Trust Car Park just south of Wasdale Head, the route starts off with an exciting scramble up Yewbarrow via Bell Rib and Great Door. From the top of Yewbarrow there are superb views to Scafell and Scafell Pike (Englands highest mountain at 3210ft) and also down to Wast Water. The walk along the top of Yewbarrow is relaxing and easy going allowing for you to admire the amazing landscape. After a steep scramble down Yewbarrow its a constant ascent of over 1000ft to reach the summit of Red Pike. The views down to Mosedale from Red Pike are dramatic as the increadably steep east face plunges away over 2000ft. Scoat Fell is the next target which really is just a rocky lump on the side of Pillar. The view from Scoat Fell isn't the most extiensive but just a stones throw from the summit offers the best possible view of Steeple – the next peak on the list. Steeple is a rocky pinnacle, unique to the Lake District and is a shame that its not harder to reach or a little higher! The path to the peak is easy going and the views of Ennerdale are great. The last bit of real uphill is to summit the highest peak of the day; Pillar, and at 892m (2926ft) its the 8th highest peak in the Lake District.

The descent is a gentle one, slowly getting lower to the subsidiary peak of Looking Stead and offering even more stunning views of Ennerdale. Looking Stead is also Wainwrights recommended viewpoint for the whole of upper Ennerdale. Once Black Sail Pass has been reached the descend steeps for a short way before leveling out slightly. The views of Mosedale (which you would have just completed a full circuit of!) are spectacular with the high peaks of Red Pike and Pillar towering above. You can walk down here with the satisfaction knowing you have just walked along the whole skyline around Mosedale (which few people that day would have done!). And if that wasn't enough, then what better to relax with a drink or meal (or both!) in the Wasdale Head Inn just a bit further along the route and less than a mile from the start.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South West


Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, National Trust, Pub, Waterfall, Wildlife

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