Scoat Fell is a fell in the western part of the
English Lake District and stands at the head of the Mosedale Horseshoe
with its back to Ennerdale. Paths lead to Scoat Fell from Ennerdale over
Steeple, from Wasdale over Red Pike, and along the ridge from Pillar.
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 - Scoat Fell is on the
Scoat Fell occupies an important position at the
crossroads of five ridges. To the east, across the subsidiary top of
Black Crag, is Pillar. Southward is a long descending ridge heading
toward the shore of Wastwater.
The high point is Red Pike, before the terminal height
of Yewbarrow. The main watershed continues west to Haycock, while two
short spurs jut north into Ennerdale. These are Tewit How which descends
from the western end of the plateau and Steeple, running from the
As the radial point of so many
ridges Scoat Fell forms the head of several valleys, the major ones
being the Wasdale feeders of Mosedale and Nether Beck. Mosedale begins
on the eastern flanks of Scoat Fell, between Red Pike and Pillar, in the
hollow of Black Comb.
There are crags in the
headwall, particularly to the south. Nether Beck has its birth at Scoat
Tarn, a large pool to the south of the fell. This corrie tarn, held in
place by grassy ridges is around 65 ft deep.
Between Steeple and Pillar to the north is Windgap
Cove with Black Crag, a Hewitt at its head. Wind Gap is the col between
Black Crag and Pillar, while the small Mirk Cove lies between Black Crag
and the summit.
Finally Mirklin Cove is the corrie between Steeple and
Tewit How, drained into Ennerdale by Low Beck. All of the northern coves
are home to impressive crags.
Of Scoat Fell's various satellites, Little Scoat Fell
and Black Fell are generally considered to be a part of the parent fell,
while Steeple, despite its clearly derivative position, is counted as a
separate fell. This is due to its impressive appearance from Ennerdale
rather than any great relative height, a triumph of the emotions over
The top is a long plateau, running broadly east to
west. Along it runs the stone wall of the Ennerdale fence, crossing the
summit exactly. Purists have built a small cairn atop the wall, although
a larger edifice lies just to the north, pointing the way to Steeple.
The whole area is stony, with fine views into the northern coves.
Ordnance Survey maps label the
summit as Little Scoat Fell and a small hillock at the western end of
the plateau as Great Scoat Fell. These names are based on area rather
than height, Great Scoat Fell being 130 ft lower.
Pillar reduces the field of view, without showing its
better side, but almost the full horseshoe of the Western Fells can be
seen. The wall makes it difficult to observe the full panorama from one
From Ennerdale many walkers will ascend indirectly via
Steeple, but the ridge of Tewit How can also be used.
Wasdale Head can be used as a base, first walking up
Mosedale and then climbing up to the ridge via Black Comb.
Finally Nether Beck Bridge on the shore of Wastwater
provides access via Scoat Tarn onto the southern flanks. From the upper
recesses of Nether Beck the walker can aim for either of the cols which
connect the objective to Red Pike or Haycock.
Perhaps the greatest number of visitors will cross the top as part of
the Mosedale Horseshoe, also climbing Red Pike and Pillar.