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Pillar from Ennerale

A hard walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 40.00km (24.85 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 15:15h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 1176m (3858ft)
Descent 1178m (3864ft)
Max. Elevation 860m (2821ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 2354m (7722ft)
Start & End
Cleator Moor
Distance 40.00km
Duration ~15:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 19 Dec 2014
This is a two-day trip for those who like their walking wild. Ennerdale is one of the quietest parts of the Lake District and makes a great base to tackle Pillar, a icon among English hills. Take advantage of the newly refurbished Black Sail Youth Hostel for an unforgettable night out: www.yha.org.uk/hostel/black-sail

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Cleator Moor. Services from Whitehaven, which has a train station.
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Head along Ennerdale Road towards the fells.
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
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Across the river, continue along Nannycatch Road.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
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At the end of the lane, there is a bridleway. Take this, then turn off onto the footpath over Flat Fell.
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
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Cross the road and continue over Blakeley Raise into Ennerdale.
About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
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Good views over Ennerdale Water as you reach the crest of Grike. Drop down the other side towards the water.
About 2.54 km (~1.58 miles) from
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Join the footpath that runs along the southern shore.
About 2.45 km (~1.52 miles) from
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Pass the Youth Hostel at Gillerthwaite (a plan B if Black Sail is fully booked).
About 3.17 km (~1.97 miles) from
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A forest track takes you upstream alongside the River Liza. Ennerdale's conifers are not to everyone's liking, but the dale is slowly being re-wilded: www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2010/nov/05/ennerdale-forest-lake-district-wild
About 2.40 km (~1.49 miles) from
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Make sure you have booked in advance - it's a popular spot, especially since the refurbishments.
About 3.16 km (~1.96 miles) from
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Rise early on day two to make the most of the tranquility that comes from being deep in the Lakes. Cross the footbridge and head up Black Sail Pass.
About 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from
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At the saddle, head west along the clear path onto Looking Stead.
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
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Stick to the higher path; the lower one leads to Pillar Rock, which involves a rock climb.
About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from
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The first big summit of the trip and it's a classic - Pillar is one of the best-looking peaks in the Lake District.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
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Descend into Wind Gap along the route that is known as the Mosedale Horseshoe. Continue on to the summit of Steeple.
About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
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Descend from Steeple via Scoat Fell.
About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
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The horseshoe continues to Haycock, but our journey returns to Ennerdale via the path in the valley.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
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The path leads back into Ennerdale. For variety, return to the northern side of the valley and head out via the opposite side of Ennerdale Water.
About 3.52 km (~2.19 miles) from
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You start to re-enter civilisation as you reach the western end of Ennerdale Water.
About 2.77 km (~1.72 miles) from
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Leave the waterside at How Hall Farm.
About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
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No buses from Ennerdale Bridge, so return along the lane back towards Cleator Moor.
About 2.32 km (~1.44 miles) from
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Finish back at Cleator Moor. If you want a second night, there is a bunkhouse at Low Cock How Farm, between Ennerdale Bridge and Cleator Moor (and to the east a bit, near waypoint 5). It's popular with people doing the coast to coast, so again book ahead: www.coasttocoastguides.co.uk/direct/ennerdale.htm
About 4.42 km (~2.75 miles) from

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