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.


Peak Bagging Statistics for 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

The highest point of this walk is Illgill Head at 609m (1999ft). Illgill Head is classified as a Wainwright (No. 129). Illgill Head is also known as an English Dewey (1st in England, 1st in England & Wales)Illgill Head is classified as a Marilyn (52nd highest in England, 754th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Whin Rigg, 535m (1756ft). Whin Rigg is classified as a Wainwright (No. 156). Whin Rigg is also known as an English Dewey (103rd in England, 238th in England & Wales)


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.


This walk 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)


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

In no particular order . . .

Buttermere Lake with High Snockrigg beyond from near High Wax Knott above Peggy's Bridge (on the way to Hay Stacks)

Buttermere Lake with High Snockrigg beyond from near High Wax Knott above Peggy's Bridge (on the way to Hay Stacks)

Photo: Ian Mansell (15)

Lingmell (far right), Scafel Pike, Mickledore, Sca Fell and Illgill Head (centre right) from across Overbeck Bridge, Wast Water

Lingmell (far right), Scafel Pike, Mickledore, Sca Fell and Illgill Head (centre right) from across Overbeck Bridge, Wast Water

Photo: Alan Wainwright (78)

Whin Rigg and the Wast Water Screes

Whin Rigg and the Wast Water Screes

Photo: Alan Wainwright (73)

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)

Morecambe Bay from the summit of Scafell Pike

Morecambe Bay from the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: Tony Higgs (28)

Sunset on Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale

Sunset on Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale

Photo: Mick Fox (8)

Lone fell walker on Scafell Pike with Symonds Knott and Sca Fell (left), Wast Water and Seatallen (right) beyond

Lone fell walker on Scafell Pike with Symonds Knott and Sca Fell (left), Wast Water and Seatallen (right) beyond

Photo: Craig Carter (28)

Black Crag (Pillar), Wind Gap, Pillar and Looking Stead (Pillar) above Mosedale from Wasdale Head

Black Crag (Pillar), Wind Gap, Pillar and Looking Stead (Pillar) above Mosedale from Wasdale Head

Photo: Andy Malcolm (241)

Burnmoor Tarn from the approach to Illgill Head

Burnmoor Tarn from the approach to Illgill Head

Photo: Mick Fox (3)

Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water

Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water

Photo: Ian Mansell (1)


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