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Name:Hesk Fell
Hill number:2656
Height:477m / 1565ft
Parent (Ma):2647  Whitfell
RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Duddon
Class:Hump, Tump (400-499m), Wainwright Outlying Fell, Birkett, Synge,
Fellranger, Clem
(Hu,Tu,4,WO,B,Sy,Fel,Cm)
Grid ref:SD 17607 94669
Summit feature:small cairn
Drop:100m
Col:377m  SD167949  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 96
(1:25k) OL6N
Observations:ground to 5m W is as high
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 234 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
After Pike then onto Gt Worm Crag and back to Ulpha for welcome coffee at the post office. Vicious wind made it very coldtrimarc222/02/2020
From Woodend Height in mist with A,C,M&V. HP a few metres away from path and small pile of stones.PeterD24/12/2019
Parked at Bigert Mire, nice elderly lady allowed me to park at the farm. Pleasant round of 9 hills in exceptionaly cold and clear weather - not a cloud in the sky all day and minimal wind: Bigert -> Stainton Pike -> The Knott -> White Pike -> Rowantree How -> Woodend Height -> Yoadcastle -> Hesk Fell -> The Pike.jonglew29/11/2019
RevisitDave Geere08/11/2019
Clair, Ian and ???Ellie's Hills01/10/2019
Route as suggested by AW on a lovely summers day the views made up for the trudgejocks103/07/2019
With K. Parked at gate next to yellow salt bin and sycamore due N of summit. Please be careful not to block atv access which is not obvious. There's a weak path to the corner of the wall. Then no path and it gets more tussocky. Summit area is grass. There is a path running over the summit from Pike roughly towards the tarn to the NW.Ashley01/07/2019
Wainwright shows Hesk Fell no mercy, but on a clear day a succession of superb views of the surrounding fells and the Duddon Estuary unfolds. I parked on the verge at the start of the turn off to Woodend Farm, climbed Hesk Fell and The Pike, stepping over the wall from the summit to the Wainwright top, and returned along the flank of Hesk Fell.Nick Down105/05/2019
From Woodend Bridge, with Ellie dog.BLACKHILL28/03/2019
Parked at Brackenthwaite on to Hole House and ascent of The Pike. Ascent of Hesk Fell and on to Yoadcastle, Woodend Height, White Pike. Descent to The Knott. Ascent back up Stainton Pike, Whitfell, Burn Moor, Kinmont Buck Barrow and finish with Buck Barrow. Descent to Sele Bottom and through plantation and return to car.raymooremanx25/02/2019
Sixth of seven of AW's outliers starting from a gravel area on the minor road south of Buck barrow, route also took in Buck barrow, Kinmont buck barrow, Burn moor, Whitfell, Sainton pike and finishing on The pike in just under ten miles.WAYNE ROWLETT14/07/2018
Parked by gate on minor road to Woodend Farm. Ascended this featureless hill from the north.JohnW20/02/2018
Woodend Bridge- Hesk Fell- The Pike (Ulpha)- Crosthwaite Bridge- Great Worm Crag- Rough Crag- Woodend Bridge. All walks above Devoke Water are interesting. The Hesk Fell ascent was a little dull, though the views back over the southern fells were excellent. The descent was on the fell's more interesting SE side. With Pete.pwheeler24/09/2017
ROC MM 2017 Day 2Geoff Briggs24/09/2017
Walked from the Woodend junction using Wainwright's Outlying Fells book on my own.Beautiful sunshine. Great views even if the climb is a bit if a slog.flockwatcher02/09/2017
WOs 26 and 27; Bs 16,17 and 18. Drove from Turner Hall campsite to Hole House and followed easy track up The Pike and on to Hesk. Then down to bag the Birkett Bigert but footbridge and path shown on map no longer exist so very rough and slow progress over pathless bog.BURGESS20/07/2017
From Devoke water road, a round of Seat How, Rough Crag, Water Crag, White Pike, Woodend Height, Yoadcastle, The Knott, Stainton Pike and Hesk Fell.rhalstead16/04/2017
With Liz Halpin and ParlickShutterlag11/04/2017
Parked on the side of the lane to Woodend at SD 17901 96294 - room for two cars. Walked south-west up the lane to a gate, then followed wall SSW, leaving it higher up to ascend south over rough grass to the few stones marking the summit. Walk continued to Yoadcastle. With AT and JT.Man of Kernow103/12/2016
CJ BW LISHAchrisj196522/10/2016
Parked just before closed gate across road to north at 176962 (Space for 1-2 cars) - Straightforward ascent up grass slopes to small summit cairn - Continued to Stainton Pike. (S)gerrybowes27/09/2016
Done with Richard & Stuart together with The Pike after completing the circuit of Great Crag, Green Crag, White Crag & Great Worm Crag. Cloudy, bright spells and showers.falunty27/06/2016
Parked south of Crosbythwaite on road. Walked back up road to initially use the wet bridleway before finding better going by the wall. Made use of gates to gain Hesk Fell then onto The Pike where the summit wall was climbed to bag the Wainwright summit.Dugswell231/03/2016
Birkett 3Dave Geere01/01/2016
KeithByTheC30/12/2015
Devoke Water Birkett Blowout - PupLittledave09/12/2015
A round of Birketts from Ulpha with Steve, Brian, Tony and Neil. Dry dayLou01/11/2015
parked at the road salt box next to the entrance to rough how then walked up to the summit, no paths, then straight back down. on to great worm cragbardolph08/10/2015
A walk from Hole House taking in The Pike, Hesk Fell and BigertHavenchris02/09/2015
From Woodend Farm trackCorbett27/08/2015
Up and down HeskFell and The Pike from old, overgrown bridle way just S of Crosbythwaite. Muddy route low down, even in summer. Grand views but as W says 'Nobody will ever drop dead with excitement .. on an ascent of Hesk Fell'. Nowadays we call such a hill a HuMP.Eddie12/08/2015
Woodland Bridge - Hesk Fell - Bigert - The Pike, with David. Fine daycitygent08/08/2015
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave18/07/2015
With The PikeKatyT28/06/2015
With Katy. Cloudy then clear, good views after summit.George Thompson28/06/2015
With Jenx from pt 233 on Ulpha rd. Bridleway to fence line and top of The Pike. Great views of Duddon valley. Onward to Hesk and then Stainton fells.nordicstar15/11/2014
2nd top of the day easy path from the pikecolinfielding11/08/2014
N Very glad it had been dry for a long time as this would be hard after wet weather. The last mile could be dangerous! I found a big (wobbly skin) bog near a large pool at my beck crossing (just west of the ancient cairn at the end of the walk). I also went thigh deep through floating plants in a spring outlet near the sheepfolds a mile from the end. I also had problems at the ladder stile to the Pike. It is rotten and I had a rung break under my weight. Luckily my knee caught on the higher rung preventing a substantial fall.Nick Caunt24/07/2014
Parked just off Birker Fell Road at SD 17085 97712 > Seat How (Birker Moor) > Rowantree How > White Pike (Birkby Fell) > Woodend Height > Yoadcastle > HESK FELL grassy dome summit marked with a few stones > The Pike > Bigert > Whitfell > Stainton Pike > The Knott (Stainton Fell) > Water Crag > Rough Crag (Birker Moor) > SD 17085 97712Tony Hartry II16/06/2014
Parked at side of road near Crosbythwaite Farm, start of bridleway. Through gate, up to another at top of field, then open fell to shoulder. Over wooden stile, plod up hillside. Couple of stones on top.Aye Jimmy18/05/2014
With Alan and Sheila Rayner on a backpack from Silecroft (Day 2)Phreerunner19/04/2014
Corney Fell Road Summit Stoneside Hill Great Paddy Crag Kinmont Buck Barrow Buckbarrow Crag Burn Moor Whitefell Stainton Pike Hesk Fell The Pike Bigert Plough Fell Corney Fell Road SummitAndy Hirst25/11/2013
Climbed from the Birker moor road in a round of 17 Birketts of wich 14 were Outlying fellsrobert25/06/2013
If approaching from The Pike keep to the east of the wall. There is a gate and a ladder stile giving access over the final wall. To the west three walls have to be climbed. As I set about negotiating the final one, in driving rain, a farmer driving a quad bike,appeared on the other side. She told me that I would have to return half way down the hill in order to get over. I started to climb it further to the east only to find her waiting at the other side. This cat and mouse continued for half an hour until I pretended to give up. When sure she had gone I quickly climbed over it!moorsman21/04/2013
From Birker Fell Road combined with the Pike and Great Worm Crag.jeffurz25/10/2012
Parked at SD 179963. Visited Great Worm Crag returned to car then visited Hesk Fell and The Pike. Operated ham radio for Wainwrights On The Air from all summits. Fell at NT maintained ladder stile SD 181942 causing minor injury. Reported stile as needing repair to NT.G4OBK (Phil)26/06/2012
The Pike, Hesk Fell, Stainton Pike, Whitfell, Bigertronaldo33303/06/2012
Climbed as part of a walk around Devoke Water.JohnStoneham13/05/2012
Easy parking by gate to N at end of the road. Grassy all the way. Steady plod.destaylor07/04/2012
Waberthwaite to BootSmudge18/03/2012