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

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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 - Crummock Water with Mellbreak beyond from Robinson

Crummock Water with Mellbreak beyond from Robinson

Photo: Andy Jamieson (3)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wasdale Head (left), Burnmoor Tarn, Yewbarrow (front centre), Illgill Head (back) and Wast Water from Pillar

Wasdale Head (left), Burnmoor Tarn, Yewbarrow (front centre), Illgill Head (back) and Wast Water from Pillar

Photo: Paul Johnson (10)

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

Mosedale (Wasdale) from Pillar

Photo: David Connolly (30)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Steeple and Long Crag with Crag Fell (sunlit in the distance), Ennerdale Water and Great Borne from Pillar

Steeple and Long Crag with Crag Fell (sunlit in the distance), Ennerdale Water and Great Borne from Pillar

Photo: Andy Malcolm (239)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Red Pike (Wasdale) from the cairn on Dore Head

Red Pike (Wasdale) from the cairn on Dore Head

Photo: David Connolly (39)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike (left) and Sca Fell (right) from Wasdale

Scafell Pike (left) and Sca Fell (right) from Wasdale

Photo: David Togstead (1)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike 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 c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Water, Mellbreak and Loweswater from Robinson

Rannerdale Knotts, Crummock Water, Mellbreak and Loweswater from Robinson

Photo: Gerry Ball (1)

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

Yewbarrow (left) Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water in Wasdale

Photo: David Swales (5)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water

Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water

Photo: Andy Malcolm (163)

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

Yewbarrow Great Gable, Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wast Water, Wasdale

Photo: Tony Higgs (27)

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

Pillar summit

Photo: David Swales (12)

Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Mellbreak, Buttermere and Rannerdale Knotts from Robinson

Mellbreak, Buttermere and Rannerdale Knotts from Robinson

Photo: Chris Brankin (28)

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 - 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 - Kirk Fell and Mosedale from Dore Head having just climbed up from Wasdale and heading for Yewbarrow

Kirk Fell and Mosedale from Dore Head having just climbed up from Wasdale and heading for Yewbarrow

Photo: Kerin Thorpe (1)

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 - Great Gable from Red Pike (Wasdale)

Great Gable from Red Pike (Wasdale)

Photo: James Brennan (6)

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 - The Wast Water Screes

The Wast Water Screes

Photo: Richard Duff (1)


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