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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,
754th 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)



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

Elaine Evans walked up Illgill Head 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 climbed Illgill Head 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 bagged Illgill Head 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 hiked Illgill Head 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 summited Illgill Head on August 27th, 2017 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head [with] Andrew Foster/ Billy Foster/ David Miles/ Odin Miles [weather] Cloudy

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

John Walter scaled Illgill Head on May 6th, 2017 [from/via/route] . [with] Tricia

Richard Fulcher walked up Illgill Head on May 2nd, 2017 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head [with] Jen [weather] Sunny, clear blue sky, windy - The path up from Wasdale Head was well marked & firm under foot. The tops were very pleasant but the walk down Greathall Gill was tricky and it wasn't easy to find the path near the bottom. However, by far the worst part of the walk (sometimes dangerous) was along the shore of the lake with many scree slopes to navigate across - loose boulders and rocks. We were late back after 10.5 hours.

Anthony Scott climbed Illgill Head on May 2nd, 2017 [from/via/route] YHA Wasdale Hall [with] me [weather] White cloud, lots of sun. Lovely!

John Tippins bagged Illgill Head on February 14th, 2017 [from/via/route] Scaly Moss [weather] Bright, beautiful, sunny day but with very strong winds gusting at 50mph. Made ascents difficult. - Approached by four young men in the car park who asked my advice on doing Scafell Pike - they had about seven hours daylight. I told them I was keeping of the highest peaks because of the high winds but thought they could do it before sunset. They assured me they had everything they needed. I hope they did it OK.

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

Illgill Head summit shelter

Illgill Head summit shelter

Photo: Steven Mostyn (5)

Wasdale featuring Lingmell (left), Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left of centre in the distance), Wast Water (centre) and Yewbarrow (right) from Westmorland Cairn near the summit of Great Gable

Wasdale featuring Lingmell (left), Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left of centre in the distance), Wast Water (centre) and Yewbarrow (right) from Westmorland Cairn near the summit of Great Gable

Photo: Karen Harding (5)

The Wasdale Screes below Illgill Head (centre) and Whin Rigg (right) from Ponsonby Fell

The Wasdale Screes below Illgill Head (centre) and Whin Rigg (right) from Ponsonby Fell

Photo: Christine Shepherd (623)

Burnmoor Tarn and Illgill Head from Sca Fell

Burnmoor Tarn and Illgill Head from Sca Fell

Photo: Paul Coulter (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)

Illgill Head and Wasdale from Kirk Fell

Illgill Head and Wasdale from Kirk Fell

Photo: Peter Swan (20)

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)

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)

*Red Pike, Illgill Head, Scafell Pike and Scafell from Haycock

*Red Pike, Illgill Head, Scafell Pike and Scafell from Haycock

Photo: Wayne Hill (7)


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