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Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

A walk in The Lake District National Park, Cumbria, North West England

Superb high level route from remote Wasdale

Walk Route Summary:
- Wasdale Head, Moses' Trod, Lingmell Beck, Sty Head, Great Gable, Westmorland Cairn, Beck Head, Beckhead Tarn, Kirk Fell (East Top), Kirk Fell, Black Sail Pass, Looking Stead (Pillar), High Level Route, Robinson's Cairn, Pillar, Wind Gap, Black Crag (Pillar), Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell), Steeple, Red Pike (Wasdale), Dore Head, Mosedale Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water.

Vital Statistics for this Walk

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Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water Wasdale Head, Moses' Trod, Lingmell Beck, Sty Head, Great Gable, Westmorland Cairn, Beck Head, Beckhead Tarn, Kirk Fell (East Top), Kirk Fell, Black Sail Pass, Looking Stead (Pillar), High Level Route, Robinson's Cairn, Pillar, Wind Gap, Black Crag (Pillar), Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell), Steeple, Red Pike (Wasdale), Dore Head, Mosedale Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water The Western Fells,  The Lake District National Park,  Cumbria,  England

Climbing Great Gable in the mist
Photo: Simon Barnett

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Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

Wasdale Head is a tiny hamlet of agricultural fields and dwellings that claims to be home of the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike), the deepest lake (Wast Water), the smallest church (Church of St Olaf) and the biggest liar (Will Ritson). There is an excellent National Trust Campsite and a fine pub - the Wasdale Inn - which claims to be the birthplace of British rock climbing. There is also a large free parking area for visitors.


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Great Gable at 899m (2951ft). Great Gable is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (9th in England, 25th in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 7). Great Gable is also known as an English Nuttall (11th in England, 28th in England & Wales) and a Marilyn (4th in England, 236th in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Pillar, 892m (2928ft). Pillar is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (11th in England, 29th in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 8). Pillar is also known as an English Nuttall (13th in England, 33rd in England & Wales) and a Marilyn (6th in England, 248th in the UK).

You will also reach the summit of Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell), 841m (2760ft). Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (27th in England, 53rd in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 23). Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) is also known as an English Nuttall (34th in England, 62nd in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Black Crag (Pillar), 828m (2717ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (31st Eng, 60th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (38th Eng, 70th Eng & Wal); Red Pike (Wasdale) 826m (2711ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (32nd Eng, 62nd in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 26) and an English Nuttall (39th Eng, 73rd Eng & Wal); Steeple 819m (2688ft) - a Wainwright (No. 28) and an English Nuttall (41st Eng, 77th Eng & Wal); Kirk Fell 802m (2632ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (38th Eng, 72nd in Eng & Wal), a Wainwright (No. 33), an English Nuttall (46th Eng, 88th in England & Wales) and a Marilyn (15th Eng, 387th in the UK); Kirk Fell (East Top) 787m (2583ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (50th Eng, 90th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (59th Eng, 108th Eng & Wal) and Looking Stead (Pillar) 627m (2058ft) - an English Nuttall (223rd Eng, 386th Eng & Wal).

Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

hewitt
7
English
Mountains
Wainwright
6
Wainwrights
s
9
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
3
Marilyns
Bridget
0
Bridgets

For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


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More Photos and Pictures from Walk c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

In no particular order . . .

Wast Water, Wasdale and Yewbarrow with Middle Fell (left) Seatallan (background centre), Red Pike (Wasdale) (right) and the shoulder of Kirk Fell (centre foreground) from Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

1. Wast Water, Wasdale and Yewbarrow with Middle Fell (left) Seatallan (background centre), Red Pike (Wasdale) (right) and the shoulder of Kirk Fell (centre foreground) from Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable
Photo: Andy Malcolm (217)


Beck Head and Beckhead Tarn with Kirk Fell beyond from below Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

2. Beck Head and Beckhead Tarn with Kirk Fell beyond from below Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable
Photo: Matt Delemare (36)


Kirk Fell with Pillar and Little Scoat Fell beyond from Great Gable summit. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

3. Kirk Fell with Pillar and Little Scoat Fell beyond from Great Gable summit
Photo: Matt Delemare (33)


Descending near Great Gable. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

4. Descending near Great Gable
Photo: Mike Jennings (11)


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5. *Kirk Fell (left), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head across Wast Water
Photo: Wayne Hill (19)

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Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Water, Mellbreak and Loweswater from Robinson. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

6. Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Water, Mellbreak and Loweswater from Robinson
Photo: Gerry Ball (1)


Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

7. Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water
Photo: Andy Malcolm (163)


Swirling mist clearing the ridge on Red Pike (Wasdale) from Steeple. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

8. Swirling mist clearing the ridge on Red Pike (Wasdale) from Steeple
Photo: Andy Malcolm (108)


Looking down Mosedale to Wasdale Head from Little Scoat Fell with Red Pike (Wasdale) on the right in shadow and the Scafell Massif (featuring Great End, Broad Crag, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Symonds Knott and Sca Fell) across the valley. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

9. Looking down Mosedale to Wasdale Head from Little Scoat Fell with Red Pike (Wasdale) on the right in shadow and the Scafell Massif (featuring Great End, Broad Crag, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Symonds Knott and Sca Fell) across the valley
Photo: Rob Barklamb (48)


Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (centre), Lingmell (right) and the lower slopes of Scafell Pike (right) from across Wast Water. Walk route map c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

10. Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (centre), Lingmell (right) and the lower slopes of Scafell Pike (right) from across Wast Water
Photo: Ian Mansell (4)



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