Ennerdale Horseshoe

Ennerdale Horseshoe

Route: Bowness Knott Car Park -Great Borne(148)(165) -Starling Dodd -Red Pike (Buttermere) -High Stile(149) -High Stile[Grey Crag](166)(157) -High Crag(150)(167) -Seat(55) -Haystacks(151)(56) -Green Crag(57) -Kirk Fell [North Top](168) -Kirk Fell(152)(169)(158) -Looking Stead(170) -Pillar(153)(171)(159) -Black Crag(172) -Scoat Fell(154)(173) -Middle Scoat Fell-Great Scoat Fell -Haycock(155)(174) -Little Gowder Crag(175) -Caw Fell(156)(176) -Iron Crag [Ennerdale Fell](177) -Crag Fell(157)(58) -Bowness Knott Car Park

KEY-Wainwright Dewey Nuttall Marilyn

Distance: ~24.75 miles

Ascent: ~2,610m

Time: 10hr 25mins (07:10am-5:35pm)

With: Alone

Conditions: Perfect, sunny, slight breeze on the tops

Inspired by many reports, especially the one by Sean McMahon at http://www.stridingedge.net, I decided to test my fitness by attempting a variation of the Ennerdale Horseshoe. Due to the clear conditions I ended up taking 76 digital photographs, a selection included below.

Start & Finish

Route taken, part a, the start/finish of the walk.

Middle section

Route taken, part b, the middle section.

Early morning shot of Crag Fell

Just starting the ascent of Great Borne looking across Ennerdale Water towards Crag Fell as it catches the early morning sun.

Great Borne Summit

The first summit, Great Borne, looking south-east towards the middle section of the walk.

Starling Dodd Summit

Starling Dodd, space-age cairn?

Starling Dodd looking back to Great Borne

Looking back to Great Borne from the summit of Starling Dodd.

Red Pike

Looking down Crummock Water towards Mellbreak from the edge of Red Pike Summit.

High Stile down to Bleaberry Tarn

From High Stile, looking down to Bleaberry tarn and Buttermere.

High Stile, 806m top

Looking to the 806m summit of High Stile

High Crag

The Ennerdale Horseshoe has many highlights but the section between High Stile and High Crag is really excellent. High Crag summit, with Pillar in the background. Also High Crag was my 150th Wainwright.

Gamlin End

Biggest mistake of the day, instead of bearing right and finding the new fix-the-fells footpath I tried to descent straight down the scree slopes of Gamlin End. Realising the error of my ways eventually found the new path by traversing right across the scree...


The summit Seat, classfied as a Dewey, is just off the path. I chose this to be the highest point.

Ennerdale Horseshoe - Part Two

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