Water Crag- Route One


Start - Birker Fell Road SD 171 977  Distance - 1.5 miles Ascent - 255 feet Time - 40 minutes



The walk starts from the access lane to High Ground Farm where there is room to park half a dozen cars on the verge
Directly opposite the car parking area is the start of the bridleway track to Devoke Water
Great Worm Crag from the bridleway
Seat How from the bridleway
Looking back to Harter Fell over Crook Crag with Green Crag on the right
Devoke Water comes into view
Water Crag from the eastern end of Devoke Water
We leave the bridleway track to follow a footpath above the northern shore of Devoke Water 
Water Crag from the footpath alongside Devoke Water.  There is another, lower, path which closely follows the water's edge but it's much wetter and soon disappears entirely in the marshy ground.  This upper path is drier as indicated by the presence of areas of bracken which does not thrive on wet ground  
Looking back towards Seat How
The summit of Water Crag is just right of centre
A herdick lamb and Rough Crag
Hesk Fell across Devoke Water
Seat How over Devoke Water
Looking back to Harter Fell and Green Crag with Grey Friar appearing between them
We pass through a long and broad area of bracken, in summer this would make the path much more difficult to trace 
The summit of Caw appears over the Devoke Water boathouse
Water Crag above the bracken
Looking back, Seat How flanked by Green Crag on the left and Caw on the right
The path becomes clearer as it emerges from the bracken.  We will leave it just before it begins its descent towards the River Esk and climb Water Crag's broad southern slopes 
The start of the path to the summit of Water Crag
Sentinel sheep, they have been observing us all the way along the shore path  
The path generally keeps to the right of the rocky outcrops
Muncaster Fell makes an appearence acoss the boulder strewn lower slopes
It's only a 190 foot ascent from the shore path to the summit at a very gentle angle
Looking across to Caw and the Dunnerdale Fells
The last of the rocky outcrops, the path slips between them
Looking back on the route of ascent
Harter Fell,Grey Friar, Swirl How, Green Crag, Brim Fell and Dow Crag over the summit ridge
Woodend Height and White Pike across Devoke Water
The summit of Water Crag comes into view
The Coniston Fells and Caw on the horizon
Approaching the summit of Water Crag
The summit cairn on Water Crag
Seat How and Devoke Water from the summit of Water Crag
Hesk Fell from the summit of Water Crag
Woodend Height and White Pike from the summit of Water Crag
Muncaster Fell from the summit of Water Crag
Brantrake Crags from the summit of Water Crag
Garner Bank across Brantrake Moss from the summit of Water Crag
Scafell from the summit of Water Crag
The connecting ridge to the summit of Rough Crag


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