Eskdale - Lake District Walk

Friday 7th September 2007

The original plan for today had been to do Scafell with Robert but he decided that he'd rather go on L'Ratty with John so I was left to walk on my own. I set off with no firm idea of where I was going other than to head up to Eel Tarn and then to see where I fancied going. It was the hottest day's walking I have experienced all year and once I started heading towards Dawsonground Crags I decided I really couldn't be bothered with any up hill walks today so I headed for the Woolpack Inn and a delightful walk next to the river Esk.

Start: Eskdale campsite (NY 1775 0097)

Route: Eskdale campsite - Eel Tarn - Woolpack Inn - Doctor Bridge - St Catherine's Church - Eskdale campsite

Distance: 5.25 miles     Ascent: 281 metres      Time Taken: 2 hours 30 mins

Weather: Hot and sunny.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


Scafell & Slight Side

Scafell & Slight Side from the track I followed from Boot.

Yoadcastle & Black Combe

Looking in the opposite direction towards the Whitfell group of fells with Black Combe in cloud.

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head

Whin Rigg and Illgill Head as I head towards Eel Tarn.

Illgill Head

Illgill Head with Boat How in front.

Whin Rigg

Whin Rigg.

Eskdale Fell & Scafell

Eskdale Fell with Scafell and Slight Side visible behind.

Kirk Fell

Kirk Fell at the head of the valley.

Red Pike, Pillar & Kirk Fell

As I move higher and closer to Eel Tarn Red Pike and Pillar are also visible.

Harter Fell & Eel Tarn

Harter Fell across Eel Tarn.

Eel Tarn

Eel Tarn from the point where I decided to turn around.


Yewbarrow with Red Pike behind from the same spot.

Eskdale Fell

Eskdale Fell.


Looking down on Eskdale from the path to the Woolpack.

Harter Fell

Harter Fell from the same path.

Doctor Bridge

Doctor Bridge crossing the Esk.

Birker Force

Zooming in on Birker Fall.


Looking back to Upper Eskdale as I walk alongside the Esk.

St Catherine's Church

St Catherine's Church. It was only when I downloaded the pictures that I noticed the effects of a drop of water on my lens which is why you may have noticed a small area in some of the pictures that looks blurred. Another lesson learnt!


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