Steeple, Scoat Fell, Haycock, and Caw Fell from Ennerdale

On the southern side of Ennerdale in the Western Fells is a superb gathering of fells. These lay just to the west of Pillar. Sometimes included on the infamous Mosedale Horseshoe from Wasdale, the Wainwright fells of Steeple and Scoat Fell are our main objective. Steeple is perched on Scoat Fell's northern arm which it throws down to Ennerdale. It's resemblance is to a little squat rather than a sharply pointed church spire, but is still aptly named. Continuing south the short ridge to Scoat Fell is narrow and may become 'interesting' when banked with snow in winter. Otherwise a pleasant summer amble across an airy ridge and zigzag climb makes a great little stroll.

Our walk starts at the north western end of Ennerdale Water at the Bowness Knott car park. Following the track alongside the water heading into the valley you get a wonderful sense of the adventure to come. On a good day many of the fells on this walk can be seen from the track. Cross Char Dub by the Irish Bridge - apparently so called as it becomes a ford at times of spate, and along a lane to Ling Mell plantations. You may find a gang of Galloway cattle around here. One of three small herds that graze in Ennerdale, they are used to trample the bracken down and give other plants a chance to grow. They may also be found high on the fell. The route climbs the steep nose of Lingmell End using one of the few gaps in the trees. Then Steeple and Long Crag comes into clear view. The way to Steeple looks very rough and possibly difficult, but there are no difficulties and no exposure if you don't go near the edge of the crags! All the time the views over Ennerdale open out so plenty of excuses for a breather.

Once on Steeple you really appreciate its name. The ground drops away in all directions! You cannot make a straight line to Scoat Fell but have to drop down to westwards before swinging back south to cross the short ridge to Scoat Fell, whose summit cairn sits amusingly on top of the Ennerdale Wall. Look over the wall as the view is to Wasdale and Scafell Pike.

Since we're up here, we then head west following the wall to Haycock, Little Gowder Crag, and Caw Fell. The return uses a fine little tongue of ground between Silvercove Beck and Deep Gill to descend back to the valley floor.

There is a National Trust pay and display car park below Bowness Knott at the end of the public road.