The Mosedale Horseshoe

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 187 088)

Wasdale Head – Black Sails Pass –Pillar – Wind Gap – Black Crag (Pillar) – Scoat Fell – Steeple – Red Pike – Dore Head Screes – Wasdale Head

Distance: 9.4 miles     Total Ascent: 1009 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Temperature      4 ℃ 
Felt like        2 ℃
Wind Speed       4.1 mi/h
Wind Direction   NE

What a fantastic day for being out on the fells. February was pretty much a wash out/blow out after a number of named storms and a day of settled and fine weather came as a blessed relief! It’s a good while since I have done this route (12 years!) but I picked the perfect day to visit my favourite fell and area. There was perfect clarity and hardly a breath of wind throughout and I even caught the sun a little too.

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  1. Margaret Ainley says

    What a delight to see your pics of the Pillar walk. We did it in 1982 (!) with a crowd of friends on a similar day, but in summer. There was mist boiling up out of Mosedale but it never got over the Pillar ridge and just vanished. We did the High Level Route to Robinson’s cairn and then up Shamrock traverse to the summit. What a view! Far away, over the Pennines, there was a bank of cloud with a single towering summit – we called it K2.
    Afterwards I wrote about it in ‘Cumbria’ magazine and it was published later that year.
    Great days!

    • site_admin says

      Thank you Margaret, it may have been 40 years ago when you did it but the views never change!I considered the Shamrock Traverse etc this time but as the northern side was in shadow I think it would have been icy and c-c-ccold. Great that you had it published – as you say great days indeed!

  2. Jean and Richard Henning says

    Came down Dore Head Screes in the dark some 30 years ago, if I had seen this picture beforehand , would never have done it! Thank you so much for all your wonderful pictures, bringing back so many special memories for us.

    • site_admin says

      Thanks Jean and Richard, glad the photos have rekindled some great memories, I am not sure I would fancy Dore Head screes in the dark either! Sean

  3. Carl Ashton says

    Fantastic pictures. I did the same walk some 10 years ago in similar conditions. Great to see your pictures and re-live it.
    Here’s a question, I’m planning to do Yewbarrow this year and descend off it to the north on Stirrup Crag.
    I’m good at scrambling but it looks very steep on photo’s. Is it okay and can a dog do it?

    • site_admin says

      Thanks Carl, glad you enjoyed the photos. Stirrup Crag is very steep and rough and I have done it with the dogs but it is not easy. A better way maybe is to miss out Stirrup Crag and descend the easier slope skirting around it – see Wainwright Yewbarrow 6 and 7 for details. Sean

      • Carl Ashton says

        Hi Sean, just as an update, I did Yewbarrow yesterday and did pick the easier slope that skirted around Stirrup Crag. I felt must safer for doing so especially as I was walking solo. Thanks for the tip. I probably would have missed the path had you not recommended it. Regards, Carl

  4. Andy says

    Hi Sean. What a day for it hey! I wasn’t far from where you walked. I was up on Illgill Head and Whin Rigg after walking along Miterdale. I wanted to visit the 2 Wainwrights I’d not been to, otherwise I would’ve liked to have done a similar route to you. I can see why Pillar is your personal favourite. Its the expanse of the flat summit which is so appealing for me. Thanks for the updates on your walks. I always get some great ideas for inspiration to future routes.

    • site_admin says

      Thanks Andy, great to hear you managed to make the most of the great weather. Glad you are enjoying the site 🙂 Sean

  5. Dave Harrison says

    What a fabulous walk with superb pictures. Certainly makes the old legs twitch and the ailing heart yearn for the fells again

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