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Illgill Head
609m (1999ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Wainwright
(No. 129)

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English Dewey
1st highest in England,
1st in England & Wales

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English Marilyn
52nd highest in England,
754Illgill Head in Great Britain

Walk Illgill Head walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria    England

Illgill Head

Photo: Ian Mansell





Illgill Head is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL6
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)


OS Landranger Map 89
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)



Illgill Head is on Peak Bagging Map & Hill Tick List:

*Version marked with the walk routes you need to follow to Walk all 214 Wainwrights in just 59 walks.



You can walk to the top of Illgill Head by using any of these 3 easy to follow route maps:





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If you LOG ON and then RELOAD this page it will display when you climbed, bagged and conquered Illgill Head, what the weather was like, who you went with and any other comments you might like to add to remind you of that fantastic day. For more details see Your Personal Mountain, Top, Peak and Hill Bagging Record.



Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Illgill Head Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Illgill Head

Richard Marshall walked up on November 28th, 2019 [from/via/route] C440 [with] Bo [weather] Cloudy wet start sunny later.

Phillip Bulley climbed on July 12th, 2019 [from/via/route] Via Brackenclose car park. [with] Ruby. [weather] Sunny and warm.

Jamie Bryan bagged on August 13th, 2019 [from/via/route] c116 [weather] Sunny and clear. Can see all the way to the coast and Sellafield

Christina Lander hiked on June 26th, 2019 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head - Illgill Head - Whin Rigg - The Screes - Wasdale Head [with] Dick & Meg [weather] Warm and dry, sunny spells - The boulder field with the dog was challenging!

Elaine Evans summited on May 17th, 2019 [from/via/route] From car park beside Forest Bridge at Nether Wasdale up to Whin Rigg then continued to Illgill Head before retracing our steps to Whin Rigg. Descended on a clear path which tracked diagonally across the fell to join main path through farm and back to car. [with] Sue [weather] Glorious day - sunshine, light breeze. - Amazing views - able to see some tops still to do. Future walks planned.

John Almond conquered on July 14th, 2018 [from/via/route] Solo walk from Wasdale Head NT car park - ILLGILL HEAD - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Wainwright 143 [weather] Warm, but rather cloudy until mid afternoon

Chris Sheard scaled on April 9th, 2018 [from/via/route] Up from Strands Inn through steep gill to ridge passing through Whin Rigg. fabulous day [with] George [weather] Started and finished with broken cloud and sun - Very steep up and nice circuit

Craig Steeland walked up on August 30th, 2017 [from/via/route] From car park near Santon Bridge below Irton Pike [with] Sue [weather] Partly cloudy and cool with light winds - Muddy and heavy going underfoot. Not a walk that will be repeated. Took and out and back route rather than walking along the road or along Wasdale Screes.

Tracey Cowell climbed on August 27th, 2017 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head [with] Andrew Foster/ Billy Foster/ David Miles/ Odin Miles [weather] Cloudy

Simon Boddy bagged on June 25th, 2017 [from/via/route] Eskdale [with] HF Holidays [weather] Sunny and breezy

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Illgill Head

Climbing Scafell Pike via the Brown Tongue path with Illgill Head (left), Wast Water and Middle Fell (Wasdale) (right) in the background

Climbing Scafell Pike via the Brown Tongue path with Illgill Head (left), Wast Water and Middle Fell (Wasdale) (right) in the background

Photo: Chris Mathieson (3)

Britain's Favourite View - Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Great End, Sca Fell and the shoulder of Illgill Head (far right) from Wast Water

Britain's Favourite View - Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Great End, Sca Fell and the shoulder of Illgill Head (far right) from Wast Water

Photo: Andy Malcolm (242)

The shoulder of Lingmell and snow on Illgill Head (far left), Wasdale and Wast Water (left) and Yewbarrow (right) from Gable Beck Bridge

The shoulder of Lingmell and snow on Illgill Head (far left), Wasdale and Wast Water (left) and Yewbarrow (right) from Gable Beck Bridge

Photo: Bob Ferguson (70)

Yewbarrow from Illgill Head summit cairn

Yewbarrow from Illgill Head summit cairn

Photo: Steven Mostyn (6)

Yewbarrow, Wasdale Head, Wast Water, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell, Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from below Middle Fell (Wasdale)

Yewbarrow, Wasdale Head, Wast Water, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell, Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from below Middle Fell (Wasdale)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (72)

Great Gable and Kirk Fell (left) from Illgill Head

Great Gable and Kirk Fell (left) from Illgill Head

Photo: Mick Fox (2)

*From Left to right: Caw Fell, Seatallan, Red Pike, Pillar, Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell and Sca Fell and Wast Water (foreground) from Illgill Head (NB. Scafell Pike is largely hidden behind Sca Fell)

*From Left to right: Caw Fell, Seatallan, Red Pike, Pillar, Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell and Sca Fell and Wast Water (foreground) from Illgill Head (NB. Scafell Pike is largely hidden behind Sca Fell)

Photo: Wayne Hill (34)

Wast Water with Illgill Head (left) and Yewbarrow (right) from Great Gable summit

Wast Water with Illgill Head (left) and Yewbarrow (right) from Great Gable summit

Photo: Matt Delemare (34)

Wast Water from Illgill Head and Whin Rigg

Wast Water from Illgill Head and Whin Rigg

Photo: Mick Fox (1)

Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left) Wast Water and Yewbarrow and Middle Fell (right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left) Wast Water and Yewbarrow and Middle Fell (right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Ian Mansell (2)


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