Steeple Summit
Steeple Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Lake District, Steeple

A Few Facts About Steeple

Location -
Steeple is a fell in the Western Fells of the Lake District. It is situated in the mountainous area between Ennerdale and Wasdale and reaches a height of 819 metres (2,687 feet). Steeple is really part of Scoat Fell being just the rocky northern projection of that fell, however because of its prominent peak and steep crags it has earned the reputation of being a separate fell. Lake District writer Alfred Wainwright rated Steeple and its name very highly saying, “Seen on a map, it commands the eye and quickens the pulse, seen in reality it does the same“.

Ascents -
Steeple can be ascended from Wasdale or Ennerdale. It’s usually climbed in conjunction with other nearby fells such as Pillar, Scoat Fell and Red Pike as part of the Mosedale Horseshoe walk. It can be climbed directly from Ennerdale by a public footpath that leaves the valley at grid reference NY151138 and goes south through the forest to reach the open fell and climbs the north ridge of Steeple to reach the summit.

Summit -
The top of the fell is a sharp peak with hardly room for a cairn in fact there is only room for a few people and often there is a queue to stand at the highest point. The ground falls away sharply on all sides especially to Windgap Cove to the east. The view is limited by higher fells to the south and east but there is an excellent view of Ennerdale Water and an opportunity to examine the nearby cliffs and hollows of Mirk and Mirklin Coves.
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Nuttall, Sub Hewitt, Synge, Wainwright, Western Fell

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