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.

Woodend Height

Height: 487 metres / 1597 feet Grid reference: SD 15680 95444 Category: The Outlying Fells

The Scafells from Woodend Height

The Scafells from Woodend Height

Yoadcastle and Whitfell from Woodend Height

Yoadcastle and Whitfell from Woodend Height

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!

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.