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Pillar and Steeple

Pillar and Steeple

Postby andy63 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:57 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple

Hewitts included on this walk: Pillar, Pillar - Black Crag, Scoat Fell

Date walked: 24/08/2020

Time taken: 7.7

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 1245m

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Pillar Rock is the only Nuttall top in England that I haven't climbed, and although I probably won't be climbing it anytime soon, I felt that I ought to at least go and have a good look at it.
Approaching it from the Ennerdale side meant I had a long drive to Bowness Knott car park and a long walk in along the vehicle track which goes up the valley.
The ascent is quite steep,firstly on a path which goes up through the forest which seems to go on forever,and then it's a steep, mostly pathless slog up a grassy slope.You go towards the bottom of Pillar Rock, and then bear left towards a large cairn which becomes visible in the distance.

Looking back at the ascent route

Up towards Robinson's Cairn

Pillar Rock from below

Robinson's Cairn

At Robinson's Cairn, where I stopped to have something to eat and admire the view, you join the High Level Traverse path, which goes around to the base of Pillar Rock and then up to the top of Pillar.

Great Gable




Pillar Rock

Having seen Pillar Rock with my own eyes I can now confirm that I'm not going to bother climbing it.

Pillar Rock from above

Pillar summit, view to Great Gable and Scafells

Mosedale and Wasdale Head

From the top of Pillar I followed the ridge over Black Crag and Scoat Fell and on to Steeple.

Black Crag, Scoat Fell and Steeple

Scoat Fell summit

I'd been to Steeple before but only as a short out-and-back from Scoat Fell during a long ridge walk.This time I continued over the top and followed a path which goes down over Long Crag and is a nice way to get back down into Ennerdale.
I was going to go down over the top of Lingmell, but the stream I would have had to cross was in spate and I couldn't see an easy way over, so instead I went down the other path which goes down through the forest and past a waterfall.And then it was another 2 1/2 miles along a vehicle track around Ennerdale Water to finish off a long walk.

Steeple from Scoat Fell

Long Crag

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