Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

One of Lakeland's finest walks - unmissable


Route outline for walk c343:

Wasdale Head  -  Mosedale Beck  -  Black Sail Pass  -  High Level Route  -  Robinson's Cairn  -  Pillar  -  Wind Gap  -  Black Crag (Pillar)  -  Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell)  -  Red Pike (Wasdale)  -  Dore Head  -  Over 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
4
English
Mountains
Wainwright
3
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
4
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
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 Pillar at 892m (2928ft). Pillar is classified as a English Mountain (Hewitt) (11th highest in England, 29th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 8). Pillar is also known as a English Nuttall (13th highest in England, 33rd highest in England & Wales). Pillar is also classified as a English Marilyn (6th highest in England, 249th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) at 841m (2760ft). Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) is classified as a 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 a English Nuttall (34th highest in England, 62nd highest in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Black Crag (Pillar) at 828m (2717ft). Black Crag (Pillar) is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (31st highest in England, 60th highest in England & Wales). Black Crag (Pillar) is also known as an English Nuttall (38th highest in England, 70th highest in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Red Pike (Wasdale) at 826m (2711ft). Red Pike (Wasdale) is classified as a English Mountain (Hewitt) (32nd highest in England, 62nd highest in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 26) and a English Nuttall (39th highest in England, 73rd highest in England & Wales)

This walk is on Ordnance Survey Map:

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 c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

In no particular order . . .

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Photo: Craig Carter (23)

Watendlath Tarn and High Tove from near Watendlath

Watendlath Tarn and High Tove from near Watendlath

Photo: Andy Jamieson (4)

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)

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable and Lingmell (right) from Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable and Lingmell (right) from Wast Water

Photo: Peter Dryden (3)

Pillar (left) and Pillar Rock from Robinson's Cairn

Pillar (left) and Pillar Rock from Robinson's Cairn

Photo: David Elliott (6)

Yewbarrow and Great Gable from Wast Water, Wasdale

Yewbarrow and Great Gable from Wast Water, Wasdale

Photo: Tony Higgs (26)

Packhorse Bridge over Mosedale Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Packhorse Bridge over Mosedale Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Photo: Wayne Hill (18)

The Wast Water Screes

The Wast Water Screes

Photo: Richard Duff (2)

Wast Water from Wasdale Head

Wast Water from Wasdale Head

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (6)

A snowy Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

A snowy Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

Photo: Robin Mclaughlin (1)


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