Maximum Mosedale Horseshoe
SIX Wainwright circular walk: Yewbarrow, Red Pike (Wasdale), Scoat Fell, Steeple, Pillar, Kirk Fell
Time: 9 - 10 hours
Parking: at the Overbeck Bridge Car Park (with 'honesty box')
|The Mosedale Horseshoe from Lingmell|
|Strava estimates a walking distance of around 17km - perhaps a little more. Bear in mind that Strava also suggests an elevation gain of nearly 1500m|
|The path going up to the crags|
|Climbing up to the top of the crags|
|Sitting in "The Chair" on Red Pike|
6. Carry on up to the rounded summit rise itself and look back down into Mosedale to see quite how far you've come up from the valley bottom!
|On the summit of Red Pike (Wasdale)|
|Skirting beneath Scoat Fell|
|On the top of Scoat Fell|
|Walking over to Steeple|
|Looking down Ennerdale from Steeple|
10. As you retrace your steps around 'Mirk Cove' and over Scoat Fell to rejoin the main path around the Mosedale horseshoe, look left to help orientate yourself for the next part of the walk. You are heading up the grassy slope of the intervening height of Black Crag, before going down into Wind Gap and up to Pillar beyond it.
|Looking across Mirk Cove towards Pillar|
|On Black Crag|
|Heading down to Black Sail Pass|
14. If you're climbing Kirk Fell then, looking across the col, the path that takes you onwards and upwards is marked out in the brown soil ahead. It's a steep path up a gully in the rocks, loose in places with a little bit of scrambling required, that then comes out onto the grassy slopes of the top of the fell.
|Great Gable from the top of Kirk Fell|
16. It's now time to tackle the steep way back down to Wasdale. The path takes you straight down the southern ridge but soon requires edging carefully across a very worn section of loose, stony ground. Eventually, your feet will be glad of some more solid turf beneath you as the path takes you down into Wasdale Head.
|The long ridge that takes you down to Wasdale Head|
|Take the path over the bridge and left|
18. Coming out onto the road, the tarmac under your tired feet will at least be smooth as you walk back along the side of the lake. Take a satisfied look on your right back up to Yewbarrow where you started the walk so many hours ago!
|Back to the bottom of Yewbarrow|
Worth knowing: The Inn at Wasdale Head is a welcome sight for visitors who come to walk or climb on the fells around it.