Black Sail Hut

I've wanted to stay at Black Sail hut in Ennerdale for many years and finally had the chance to do so this past weekend, meeting up with a few people I have met previously and few I had not.  Well-known guide book author, writer and raconteur Paddy Dillon also joined us for the weekend, bringing his own brand of humour and entertainment to the party.   The weather was wonderful all weekend with some fine walking on Saturday from the hut, along the Climber's Traverse on Pillar to the summit, Scoat Fell and a return to Ennerdale via the ridge from the top of Steeple.  What a fantastic route the climber's traverse is, taking-in great views of mighty Pillar Rock on the way.  I've climbed Pillar on numerous occasions, but this route is by far the best.  Beware, though, it's easy to miss the deviation from the direct route.  It does require a drop in height, but the views on such a day as Saturday are breathtaking.  Crossing via Scoat Fell, the descent from Steeple to Ennerdale is a great way to return to the start, or to Black Sail hut for anyone fortunate enough to be staying there.

Black Sail hut.  Rooms with a view and a plethora of routes to choose from.....



Looking down to Wasdale.  The Climber's Traverse takes a sharp right by a very small cairn from here and drops down sharply before levelling off and gently ascending.......



....up to Robinson's Cairn and that classic view of Pillar Rock where the gradient steepens to an easy scramble up to the summit of Pillar.....



....looking back to Ennerdale, Black Sail hut is tiny.  You can just make it out before the drumlins at the head of the valley.  I noted some great bivi opportunities for future reference along the traverse.....



.....descending the ridge to Ennerdale for a leisurely stroll along the forest track back to Black Sail hut, the views in the opposite direction towards Ennerdale Water were extensive.  The Solway coast was clearly visible.


Comments

Alan Sloman said…
Glorious pictures, Steve. I can almost smell the fells.
:-)
Steve Walton said…
Thanks, Alan. As soon as I stepped out of the car and breathed the air at Bowness Knott, I knew what I'd been missing for a while! The fells do indeed have their own scent, once it's in your nostrils, it's never forgotten or lost.
Dr Blug said…
Lovely stuff Steve. I've been stuck on Anglesey trying to summon up the courage to go out on the water; commonsense made me come home through hail and sleet.
What a difference in just a few days!
Steve Walton said…
Commonsense is a good quality to have, Mike! Be good to catch up with you again sometime.
Nielsen Brown said…
Oh to have fells like that nearby. Beautiful pictures and beautiful weather with good company will always make for a great trip. The hut looks pretty comfy as well.
Martin Rye said…
Your skill with a camera is superb. Wonderful scenes. I need the fells.
Steve Walton said…
@ Nielson, thanks! The weather was wonderful and that helps. The hut is a great place to stay. Even if full,it's possible to camp nearby or just knock on the door for a cup of tea!

@ Martin, thanks! Maybe a Bloggers meet in the Lakes?