5th June 2010

An unusual route from the Three Shire Stone


Walk Overview
Time 06.45 to 13.00
Duration 6 hr 15 min
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent 3300 ft
Walking with On my own
Three Shire Stone - High Teighton How - Pike of Blisco - Cold Pike - Crinkle Crags - Three Tarns - Yeastyrigg Gill - Lingcove Beck - Moasdale - Cockley Beck - Wrynose Bottom - Three Shire Stone
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, top of Wrynose Pass

This is somewhere I'd only attempt to park if I were out for an early start. The number of spaces are somewhat limited and if you did arrive to find the place full, your options for an alternative are almost none existent in the area.


Route Map

Last night when I was thinking about where to go, I decided it was about time I did a walk which set off from the top of Wrynose Pass. Surprisingly, it's only 4 mile further from home to here than it is from home to Keswick, yet I just don't seem to come here very often. There isn't really a reason for this, but it's always in my mind that it's just so much harder to get here than it is to reach most other places. If I can use Keswick as example again, and not forgetting there's only 4 extra miles to drive, the journey takes almost double the time.

Long shadows at the top of Wrynose Pass.

Mine was the only car at the top of the pass when I set out this morning. Needless to say it was a bit different up here when I got back in the middle of the day. The place was a real hive of activity. There were people having pick-nicks, walkers setting out and a large group of spectators watching fell runners crossing the road as part of their route.

Looking across to Wet Side Edge, Grey Friar, Great Carrs and Swirl How.

Pike O'Blisco summit with Crinkle Crags behind.

Hazy Lakeland in one direction and, , ,

, , , and in the other, looking towards Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell, it was as clear as I could have hoped for.

Wild campers next to Red Tarn.

Cold Pike summit.

Looking back across to Pike O'Blisco.

Approaching the start of Crinkle Crags proper.

Crinkle Crags from close quarters.

Seven pictures of my route across Crinkle Crags.

Approaching The Bad Step. . . . . I used the path you can see on the left.


At Long top; the highest point along the ridge.



Three Tarns and the path path up Bow Fell come into view.

One of the Three Tarns.

A view down to the Lingcove Beck area of Upper Eskdale.
That's where I'm heading, but before I go down there, I traversed the fellside below Bow Fell to take some pictures of, ,

, , , the ruin / sheepfold next to Yeastyrigg Gill.
The idea was to get down to more or less the correct height and then to walk across the fellside without loosing or gaining any height. That sounds easy enough, but anyone who has tried this here or anywhere else will agree this is often easier said than done, and such hard work.

This was the point where Yeastyrigg Gill and Rest Gill merge to form Lingcove Beck. It also seemed to be the easiest place for me to get onto the correct side of the beck.

Lingcove Beck.

A close up of Yeastyrigg Gill and Yeastyrigg Crags.

A long distance view looking back. Bow Fell is the fell on the right under cloud.

Given the lack of a fence, I suppose this gate is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. On the plus side, it does mark the point where Upper Eskdale turns into Moasdale.

Looking back from here you get one of the best views of the Scafells.

Lunch with a view across to Wrynose Bottom.

Hardknott Pass with its succession of hairpin bends.

A dry looking River Duddon, taken from Cockley Beck Bridge.

And the bridge itself.

Now for the long, hot walk back to the top of Wrynose Pass.
Most people would be horrified at the thought of this and will do everything they can to devise routes that don't include long sections along the road. If it were a main road then that's different altogether, but to be honest, I really don't mind walking along roads like this. In fact, as was the case today, I deliberately included this in the route.

Wrynose bottom.

I always thought the theory was for it to cool down as you gained height, well this wasn't the case today. I know I was walking up a steep hill, but it was sweltering. I was almost out of water now, so I left by rucksack next to this rock and headed down to the beck to refill the water bottle. I must have been a bit dehydrated because I drank almost two litres of water on the drive home.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks