Haycock is a mountain in the western part of the
English Lake District and rises between Scoat Fell and Caw Fell to the
south of Ennerdale and the north of Wasdale.
It can be climbed from either valley and offers fine mountain views.
It is an imposing dome shaped fell, but its popularity with walkers
is diminished somewhat by its remoteness.
The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector
of the Lake District, bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and
Wasdale to the south east.
Westwards the hills diminish toward
the coastal plain of Cumberland.
At the central hub of the high
country are Great Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges
fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being
a great horseshoe around this long wild valley. Haycock stands on the
The main watershed runs broadly westwards from Great
Gable, dividing the headwaters of Ennerdale and Wasdale.
Travelling in this direction the major hills are Kirk Fell, Pillar,
Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell. Haycock sends out a southern ridge to
the neighbouring Seatallan.
The northern slopes of Haycock fall
over crags into Great Cove, the birthplace of Deep Gill.
down through a belt of forestry into Ennerdale, just above the head of
Great Cove is enclosed in the east by Tewit How, a
rocky spur of neighbouring Scoat Fell. A similar spur closes in the
other side, descending unnamed from Haycock.
North west of the
summit, on the ridge continuing to Caw Fell, is Little Gowder Crag. This
subsidiary top, listed as a Nuttall, has its rock face to the north of
the ridge, appearing as a prominent knuckle in views from that side.
Haycock's southern flanks are bisected by the ridge to Seatallan and
Middle Fell. This begins steeply over Gowder Crag and then broadens over
High Pikehow before finally reaching the depression at Pots of Ashness
To the west is the head of the River Bleng, Haycock's
daughter stream. This flows south west for some miles, remote from
habitation. Finally it joins the River Irt and enters the sea at
On the opposite side of the south ridge is the valley
of Nether Beck, making straight for Wast Water.
A wall, the
Ennerdale Fence, runs along the watershed, crossing the top of the fell.
There is a cairn on either side, that to the north being regarded as the
The whole area is stony and another cairn marks a
viewpoint to the south.
The view is good for a fell so removed
from the centre of the District. The Scafells are seen in profile, with
Helvellyn and Skiddaw in the distance. Ennerdale Water is in view from
the summit and Wast Water from the southern cairn.
from Ennerdale follows the unnamed spur to the west of Deep Gill,
footpaths having been created through the forestry.
ascent route follows the opposing spur of Tewit How, turning right when
the col is reached.
Netherbeck Bridge provides access from the
shore of Wast Water, following the stream around the base of Middle
Once Ladcrag Beck is reached, a more direct line can be
taken up Haycock.
From below the lake, the valley of Greendale
Beck provides another alternative.
Haycock may also be ascended
indirectly, having first climbed Seatallan, Middle Fell or Scoat Fell.
routes near Haycock