The Circuit of Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road – Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) – Water Crag (OF) – White Pike on Birkby Fell (OF) – Yoadcastle (OF) – Woodend Height (OF)– Seat How (Birker Moor) (OF) – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 5.4 miles     Total Ascent: 686 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Cloudy but warm. 17oC.

It’s a long time since I completed this circuit (8 years!) but I quite fancied it today – the going is relatively easy and it is certainly quiet with decent views all around. This one comes well recommended…

Circuit-of-Devoke-Water

Firtsly, the Tour of Britain cycle race visited Cumbria on Thursday 10th September so it seemed rude not to visit – we actually saw it in two places, the climb from Plumpton and then later on the climb from Langwathby. Excellent weather for an excellent afternoon’s viewing.

Water Crag

Height: 305 metres / 1001 feet Grid reference: SD 15399 97433 Category: The Outlying Fells

Water Crag over the old boathouse

Water Crag over the old boathouse

 

Looking towards Rough Crag from Water Crag

Looking towards Rough Crag from Water Crag

Heading for Water Crag

Heading for Water Crag

Connie on Water Crag in 2009

Connie on Water Crag in 2009

Devoke Water

Start Point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road – Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) – Water Crag (OF) – Seat How (Birker Moor) (OF) – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 3 miles Total Ascent: 190 metres Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes Start Time: 14:00

Weather: Warm but overcast, 19°C

I had enough time for a quick walk around Devoke Water this afternoon – it is guaranteed to be far from the madding crowd up here even at the weekend.

Devoke Water

Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) Water Crag (OF)  Devoke Water  – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 140 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Sunny spells. 17C.

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.

 

Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) Water Crag (OF)  Seat How (Birker Moor)  (OF)  – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 2.8 miles     Total Ascent: 190 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes

Weather: Overcast with some sunny spells. 17ºC.

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.

Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road –  Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) – Water Crag (OF) –  Devoke Water  – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 140 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny and warm, cool breeze on the tops. 9°C.

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.

 

Circuit of Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) Water Crag (OF)White Pike on Birkby Fell (OF) Yoadcastle (OF) Woodend Height (OF)  Seat How (Birker Moor)  (OF)  – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 5.4 miles     Total Ascent: 686 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Sunny spells, clearing. Cool breeze on the tops. 20oC.

I think the weather men actually got it right today, saying it would clear throughout the morning as it duly did. Although it was warm when sheltered, the exposed tops were caught by the wind straight off the Irish Sea and made it more than a bit chilly. Brr!

Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) Water Crag (OF) Devoke Water  – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 3.5 miles     Total Ascent: 300 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Hot and hazy. 28oC.

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.

Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) Water Crag (OF)  Seat How (Birker Moor)  (OF) – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 3.5 miles     Total Ascent: 300 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny with a cool breeze. 14oC.

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

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) Water Crag (OF)  Seat How (Birker Moor)  (OF)  – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 3.5 miles     Total Ascent: 300 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Warm but hazy, gradually clearing, 18°C.

This afternoon I had a short and slow walk on Birker Moor, completing a circuit of the Devoke Water shoreline. It was warm today with a slight breeze; the conditions were hazy so it wasn’t so good for views until the end of the walk. Nice to see a little bit of summer though!

The Circuit of Devoke Water

Start point: Birker Fell road (SD 171 977)

Birker Fell Road –  Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (OF) – Water Crag (OF) – White Pike on Birkby Fell (OF) – Yoadcastle (OF)– Woodend Height (OF)   Seat How (Birker Moor)  (OF)  – Birker Fell Road

Distance: 5.4 miles     Total Ascent: 686 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Freezing temperatures, clear sunny spells and snow showers.

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.

Whitfell Group

Start point: Hole House (SD 181 930)

Hole House – The Pike (9) – Hesk Fell (10) – Seat How (Birker Moor) (11) – Rough Crag (Birker Moor) (12) – Water Crag (13) – The Knott on Stainton Fell (14) – White Pike on Birkby Fell (15) – Woodend Height (16) – Yoadcastle (17) – Stainton Pike (18) – Whitfell (19) – Burn Moor (20) – Kinmont Buck Barrow (21) – Great Paddy Crag (22) – Buck Barrow (23) – Plough Fell (24) – Bigert (25) – Hole House

Weather: Dull and overcast with hill fog and sunny spells.