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

Superb ridge walk above Lakeland's deepest lake


Route outline for walk c116:

Wasdale Head  -  (National Trust Campsite)  -  Wast Water  -  Lingmell Gill  -  Illgill Head  -  Whin Rigg  -  Greathall Gill  -  Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel  -  Wast Water  -  Wasdale Head



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.


Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

hewitt
0
English
Mountains
Wainwright
2
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
0
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
2
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Illgill Head at 609m (1997ft). Illgill Head is classified as an Wainwright (No. 129).

Illgill Head is also known as an English Dewey (2nd highest in England, 4th in England & Wales) and an English Marilyn (52nd highest in England, 757th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Whin Rigg at 535m (1756ft). Whin Rigg is classified as an Wainwright (No. 156).

Whin Rigg is also known as an English Dewey (103rd highest in England, 239th in England & Wales)


You can find more walks near this one on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL6 The English Lakes - South Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


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

In no particular order . . .

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (centre), Lingmell (right) and the lower slopes of Scafell Pike (right) from across Wast Water

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)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wast Water from  near Lingmell Gill (Wasdale Head)

Wast Water from near Lingmell Gill (Wasdale Head)

Photo: Paul Coulter (7)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Steel Fell (Dead Pike) summit cairn

Steel Fell (Dead Pike) summit cairn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (915)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - *Kirk Fell (left), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head across Wast Water

*Kirk Fell (left), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head across Wast Water

Photo: Wayne Hill (19)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell from Wast Water

Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell from Wast Water

Photo: Andy Malcolm (49)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - *Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Lingmell from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

*Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Lingmell from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Photo: Wayne Hill (12)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water

Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water

Photo: Andy Malcolm (163)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Red Pike (centre left), Pillar, Yewbarrow (centre), Kirk Fell & Great Gable (right) beyond Wast Water from Whin Rigg

Red Pike (centre left), Pillar, Yewbarrow (centre), Kirk Fell & Great Gable (right) beyond Wast Water from Whin Rigg

Photo: Ian Mansell (12)

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

Wast Water from Wasdale Head

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (6)

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

The Wast Water Screes

Photo: Richard Duff (2)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water

Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water

Photo: Ian Mansell (3)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wast Water and Wasdale Head from the lower slopes of Great Gable and Kirk Fell

Wast Water and Wasdale Head from the lower slopes of Great Gable and Kirk Fell

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (5)

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

Wasdale

Photo: Mick Coxon (14)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The Wasdale Valley featuring Lingmell (left), Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left of centre in the distance), Wast Water (centre) and Yewbarrow (right) from near Westmorland Cairn on the summit of Great Gable

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

Photo: Ian Mansell (14)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Greathall Gill between Irton Pike and Whin Rigg

Greathall Gill between Irton Pike and Whin Rigg

Photo: Steven Mostyn (2)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wast Water from Lingmell Gill on the way up Scafell Pike. The fell to the right is Middle Fell

Wast Water from Lingmell Gill on the way up Scafell Pike. The fell to the right is Middle Fell

Photo: Alan Reed (1)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow (left), Kirk Fell (partially hidden), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head (right) from across Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), Kirk Fell (partially hidden), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head (right) from across Wast Water

Photo: Mick Coxon (15)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Wast Water

Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Wast Water

Photo: Alan Wainwright (76)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Packhorse Bridge over Mosedale Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Packhorse Bridge over Mosedale Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Photo: Wayne Hill (18)

Walk c116 Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - *Kirk Fell (left), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head across Wast Water

*Kirk Fell (left), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head across Wast Water

Photo: Wayne Hill (32)


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