It’s a long time since I completed this circuit (8 years!)…
Height: 305 metres / 1001 feet Grid reference: SD 15399 97433 Category: The Outlying Fells
It was oddly sunny-but-not today as there seemed there was a lot of high level cloud giving shade cover a lot of the time. There has been plenty of rain over the weekend too, so this normally boggy walk was even worse today. It was a good little taster of fell life for Dougal, though, and Connie loves it up here too. Today was the first time I have had a chance to play with my new camera – of course when you upgrade you end up getting more buttons and more menus to learn – I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it all in the end. The camera was purchased with the proceeds from the 2010 calendar, so thanks to all who have bought one.
The weather has been a bit on and off today and I couldn’t decide where to walk. Eventually I ended up at Devoke Water where there was a cool breeze on the tops to make it feel autumnal and it was quite squelchy underfoot. I think I just managed to dodge the rain today though with heavy downpours either side of the walk.
Once again it was lovely and sunny in the Lake District and we had a walk around the lovely and tranquil Devoke Water. We walked together to Rough Crag with Casper and I continuing to Water Crag whilst Louise, Connie and Angus made a slower descent to Devoke Water. It really was lovely up there today even with the cold breeze belying the sunny photos. Later, after suitable refreshments, we enjoyed a short drive to Wasdale where the dogs got themselves cleaned up in Wast Water.
Today was one the hottest day ever recorded around these parts – it was slightly cooler where we went, given the height and a nice cooling breeze on the tops. The main criteria today was somewhere to swim (of course!) and where better than the deserted Devoke Water – we had a great time here today and wondered where the time had gone when we got back.
I had a short walk this morning around Devoke Water, a largely missed and unvisited stretch of water. This is one which gives fine views, especially on a day that was ever clearing like today. Casper is ever improving as well – now he comes on command, which is good – now I’ve just got to get Angus to do it…!
Devoke Water lies between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley and is hidden just off the Birker Fell road. The Circuit of Devoke Water gives fine views of the fells at the head of Wasdale, Eskdale and out to the Irish Sea. There was a cold, cold wind blowing from the high fells today bringing with it snow flurries, but when the clouds cleared there were some great views.
This round is described in Wainwright’s The Circuit of Devoke Water chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 144.