20th March 2009

An afternoon of seclusion from Devoke Water to Barnscar Settlement


Walk Overview
Time 13.15 to 16.00
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with On my own
Birker Fell Road - Devoke Water - un-named top (SD 141 968) - Barnscar Settlement - path back towards Devoke Water - Devoke Water north shore line - Birker Fell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, near Devoke Water (Birker Fell road)

Being one of the least frequented area of the Lake District means that the limited parking around here is generally adequate anyway. The obvious place to park to reach Devoke Water is at the crossroads at the Birker Fell Road for High Ground or Devoke Water. Although, there are a actually couple of other places close by with space for a couple of cars each.

Needless to say parking is free.


Route Map

Setting out from the Birker Fell road and looking across to Green Crag and Harter Fell.

Along a broad track and just a short walk from the road you'll reach Devoke Water; the largest of all the Lake District tarns.

The old boathouse and ruins found next to the tarn.

To state the obvious, there's lots of space to roam about here, and apart from the path running between Devoke Water and Dyke, footpaths are none existent in this area.

A fine cairn indeed for such an out of the way and un-named top. The rounded fell on the left hand side of the cairn is called Raven Crag (not the Thirlmere one).

It's a good job I don't mind being on my own ! Perhaps that could be part of the reason why I enjoy this type of place so much.

Once you reach the Barnscar area itself, the most noticeable thing is the incredible number of ancient cairns (stone mounds) that you begin to pass. Apparently there are well over a thousand of these and also hundreds of Bronze Age hut circles to be found in this area. I've always been interested in history, but once you start to talk about things this far back in time, I think you need to be more passionate about this specific aspect of the subject to fully appreciate the significance of places like this.

Latter Barrow (with the trees) and Raven Crag seen from the sheepfold just below Barnscar.

They're quite difficult to make out on a photo taken from ground level, but these are just a few of the Bronze Age hut circles.

Time to start heading back now.

On the way back to Devoke Water I passed this sheepfold, complete with a kitchen sink. Perhaps next time I come here it might have been plumbed in, , , on the other hand!

Linbeck Gill; Devoke Water's outflow.

I had two options from here. One was to walk back over Water Crag and Rough Crag, despite it being a bit wet under foot, I decided to stick to the shore line.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks