Walk c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Superb high level route from remote Wasdale


Route outline for walk c141:

- Wasdale Head  -   Moses' Trod  -   Lingmell Beck  -   Gable Beck Bridge  -   Sty Head  -   Great Gable  -   Westmorland Cairn  -   Beck Head  -   Beckhead Tarn  -   Kirk Fell (East Top)  -   Kirk Fell  -   Black Sail Pass  -   Looking Stead (Pillar)  -   High Level Route  -   Robinson's Cairn  -   Pillar  -   Wind Gap  -   Black Crag (Pillar)  -   Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell)  -   Steeple  -   Red Pike (Wasdale)  -   Dore Head  -   Mosedale Beck  -   Wasdale Head  -   Wast Water.



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
7
English
Mountains
Wainwright
6
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
9
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
3
Marilyns
Bridget
0
Bridgets

The highest point of this walk is Great Gable at 899m (2951ft). Great Gable is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (9th highest in England, 25th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 7). Great Gable is also known as an English Nuttall (11th in England, 28th in England & Wales). Great Gable is classified as a Marilyn (4th highest in England, 236th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Pillar, 892m (2928ft). Pillar is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (11th highest in England, 29th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 8). Pillar is also known as an English Nuttall (13th in England, 33rd in England & Wales). Pillar is classified as a Marilyn (6th highest in England, 248th highest in the UK).

You will also reach the summit of Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell), 841m (2760ft). Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (27th highest in England, 53rd highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 23). Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) is also known as an English Nuttall (34th in England, 62nd in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Black Crag (Pillar), 828m (2717ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (31st Eng, 60th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (38th Eng, 70th Eng & Wal); Red Pike (Wasdale) 826m (2711ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (32nd Eng, 62nd in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 26) and an English Nuttall (39th Eng, 73rd Eng & Wal); Steeple 819m (2688ft) - a Wainwright (No. 28) and an English Nuttall (41st Eng, 77th Eng & Wal); Kirk Fell 802m (2632ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (38th Eng, 72nd in Eng & Wal), a Wainwright (No. 33), an English Nuttall (46th Eng, 88th in England & Wales); Kirk Fell (East Top) 787m (2583ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (50th Eng, 90th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (59th Eng, 108th Eng & Wal) and Looking Stead (Pillar) 627m (2058ft) - an English Nuttall (221st Eng, 384th Eng & Wal).


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 Maps OL4 & OL6
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

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


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

In no particular order . . .

Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell and the shoulder of Scafell Pike from Wast Water

Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell and the shoulder of Scafell Pike from Wast Water

Photo: Alan Wainwright (74)

Me and my dog, Rosie at the top of Great Gable

Me and my dog, Rosie at the top of Great Gable

Photo: Reasons Togonorth (1)

On Great Gable

On Great Gable

Photo: Andrew Fryer (1)

Kirk Fell (foreground), Pillar, Ennerdale, Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile, High Crag and Crummock Water (far right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Kirk Fell (foreground), Pillar, Ennerdale, Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile, High Crag and Crummock Water (far right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Andy Malcolm (219)

Wasdale Head and Wast Water from Gavel Neese on the lower slopes of Great Gable

Wasdale Head and Wast Water from Gavel Neese on the lower slopes of Great Gable

Photo: David Swales (20)

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (in cloud centre), Lingmell (centre right) and the Wast Water screes (right) reflected in Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (in cloud centre), Lingmell (centre right) and the Wast Water screes (right) reflected in Wast Water

Photo: Wayne Hill (29)

Pillar from Kirk Fell

Pillar from Kirk Fell

Photo: Matt Delemare (41)

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)

Mosedale (Wasdale) from Wind Gap

Mosedale (Wasdale) from Wind Gap

Photo: David Connolly (32)

Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell from Wast Water

Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell from Wast Water

Photo: Andy Malcolm (49)


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