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.


Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on 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 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 highest in England, 33rd highest in England & Wales) and an English Marilyn (6th highest in England, 249th highest in the UK). The summit of Pillar is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) at 841m (2759ft). Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (28th highest in England, 54th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 23). Scoat Fell (Little Scoat Fell) is also known as an 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 (37th highest in England, 69th highest in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag:


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

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

Great Gable from Wasdale Head

Photo: Martyn Hibbert (1)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike 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 c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow (now conquered!) from the road to the  National Trust Camp Site at Wasdale where we were staying

Yewbarrow (now conquered!) from the road to the National Trust Camp Site at Wasdale where we were staying

Photo: Kerin Thorpe (2)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The summit shelter, Mellbreak, Rannerdale Knotts, Buttermere, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Sail and Knott Rigg from the summit of Robinson

The summit shelter, Mellbreak, Rannerdale Knotts, Buttermere, Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Sail and Knott Rigg from the summit of Robinson

Photo: Chris Brankin (30)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Dore Head (left) and Pillar from Mosedale, Wasdale Head

Dore Head (left) and Pillar from Mosedale, Wasdale Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (86)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The High Level Route from Looking Stead (Pillar) to Robinson's Cairn, Pillar

The High Level Route from Looking Stead (Pillar) to Robinson's Cairn, Pillar

Photo: David Connolly (23)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Kirk Fell from Black Sail Pass

Kirk Fell from Black Sail Pass

Photo: David Connolly (17)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Pillar Rock from Robinson's Cairn

Pillar Rock from Robinson's Cairn

Photo: David Elliott (5)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Illgill Head and the Wast Water Screes

Illgill Head and the Wast Water Screes

Photo: Alan Wainwright (75)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Mosedale (Wasdale) from Wind Gap

Mosedale (Wasdale) from Wind Gap

Photo: David Connolly (32)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

Photo: Mike Knipe (74)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Great Gable from Burnthwaite, Wasdale Head

Great Gable from Burnthwaite, Wasdale Head

Photo: David Swales (13)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow from Wasdale Head (near the campsite)

Yewbarrow from Wasdale Head (near the campsite)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (77)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - A snowy Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

A snowy Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

Photo: Robin Mclaughlin (1)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike 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 c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Photo: Craig Carter (23)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Robinson's Cairn with Pillar Rock beyond (left of the cairn and to right of the 'notch')

Robinson's Cairn with Pillar Rock beyond (left of the cairn and to right of the 'notch')

Photo: David Connolly (26)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Robinson summit shelter

Robinson summit shelter

Photo: Chris Brankin (27)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Kirk Fell (left), Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell from across Wast Water

Kirk Fell (left), Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell from across Wast Water

Photo: Martyn Hibbert (2)


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