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Illgill Head
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Illgill Head

Photograph by Ian Mansell

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  • OS Explorer (Orange Covers) sheet: OL6
  • OS Landranger (Pink Covers) sheet: 89
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    You can walk to the top of Illgill Head by using any of these 3 easy to follow route maps:

    Walk c440 Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Boat How from Miterdale Bridge

    Route Summary: - Miterdale Bridge, Porterthwaite, Miterdale Forest, Irton Fell, Greathall Gill, Whin Rigg, Illgill Head, Burnmoor Tarn, Burnmoor Lodge, Eskdale Moor, Ellerhow Moss, Boat How, Low Longrigg, River Mite, Low Place Farm, Miterdale Bridge.

    Length: 14km (8¾ miles) | Ascent: 715m (2,347ft) | Allow at least: 5½hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


    Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

    Route Summary: - Wasdale Head, (National Trust Campsite), Wast Water, Lingmell Gill, Illgill Head, Whin Rigg, Greathall Gill, Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel, Wast Water, Wasdale Head.

    Length: 14.5km (9 miles) | Ascent: 732m (2,402ft) | Allow at least: 5¾hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


    Walk c423 The Wast Water Round from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

    Route Summary: - Wasdale Head, (National Trust Campsite), Wast Water, Lingmell Gill, Illgill Head, Whin Rigg, Greathall Gill, Low Wood, Lund Bridge, Woodhow Farm, Woodhow Tarn, Scale Farm, Tosh Tarn, Gill Farm, Gill Beck, Buckbarrow, Cold Well, Nether Wasdale Common, Seatallan, Windscale Hows, Middle Fell (Wasdale), Greendale Farm, Nether Beck, Overbeck Bridge, Wasdale Head, Wast Water.

    Length: 24.5km (15¼ miles) | Ascent: 1,475m (4,841ft) | Allow at least: 10½hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Very Hard



    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 HeadFellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Illgill Head

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

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

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

    Richard Fulcher scaled 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 walked up Illgill Head on May 2nd, 2017 [from/via/route] YHA Wasdale Hall [with] me [weather] White cloud, lots of sun. Lovely!

    John Tippins climbed 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.

    Mark Davidson bagged Illgill Head on April 9th, 2009 [with] Mike [weather] Good - nice and sunny - Had been up both Whin Rigg and Illgill Head before but the main purpose of the walk was to bag Boat How.

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

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

    1. The Wasdale Screes below Illgill Head (centre) and Whin Rigg (right) from Ponsonby Fell
    Photo: Christine Shepherd (623)

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

    2. 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)

    Illgill Head (left) and Whin Rigg (right) above the Wast Water screes from Buckbarrow

    3. Illgill Head (left) and Whin Rigg (right) above the Wast Water screes from Buckbarrow
    Photo: Chris Brankin (39)

    Illgill Head (left) Wasdale, Wast Water and Yewbarrow from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

    4. Illgill Head (left) Wasdale, Wast Water and Yewbarrow from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable
    Photo: Paula Oldham (2)

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

    5. 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)

    Illgill Head summit shelter

    6. Illgill Head summit shelter
    Photo: Steven Mostyn (5)

    Yewbarrow from Illgill Head summit cairn

    7. Yewbarrow from Illgill Head summit cairn
    Photo: Steven Mostyn (6)

    Illgill Head (left), Wast Water and Middle Fell (right) from Scafell Pike

    8. Illgill Head (left), Wast Water and Middle Fell (right) from Scafell Pike
    Photo: Tony Higgs (30)

    Illgill Head, Whin Rigg and Wast Water from Yewbarrow

    9. Illgill Head, Whin Rigg and Wast Water from Yewbarrow
    Photo: David Connolly (42)

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

    10. Wast Water with Illgill Head (left) and Yewbarrow (right) from Great Gable summit
    Photo: Matt Delemare (34)


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