Walk c423 The Wast Water Round from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Testing hike around Lakeland's deepest lake


Route outline for walk c423:

- Wasdale Head  -   (National Trust Campsite)  -   Wast Water  -   Lingmell Gill  -   Illgill Head  -   Whin Rigg  -   Greathall Gill  -   Low Wood  -   Lund Bridge  -   Woodhow Farm  -   Woodhow Tarn  -   Scale Farm  -   Tosh Tarn  -   Gill Farm  -   Gill Beck  -   Buckbarrow  -   Cold Well  -   Nether Wasdale Common  -   Seatallan  -   Windscale Hows  -   Middle Fell (Wasdale)  -   Greendale Farm  -   Nether Beck  -   Overbeck Bridge  -   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
1
English
Mountain
Wainwright
5
Wainwrights
 English Nuttall
1
English
Nuttall
Dewey
3
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
2
Marilyns
Bridget
0
Bridgets

The highest point of this walk is Seatallan at 692m (2271ft). Seatallan is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (109th highest in England, 181st highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 94). Seatallan is also known as an English Nuttall (144th in England, 235th in England & Wales). Seatallan is classified as a Marilyn (34th highest in England, 604th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Illgill Head, 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).

You will also reach the summit of Middle Fell (Wasdale), 582m (1910ft). Middle Fell (Wasdale) is classified as a Wainwright (No. 135). Middle Fell (Wasdale) is also known as an English Dewey (27th in England, 65th in England & Wales)

Along the way you will also bag Whin Rigg, 535m (1756ft) - a Wainwright (No. 156), and an English Dewey (103rd in Eng, 238th Eng & Wal) and Buckbarrow 405m (1329ft) - a Wainwright (No. 200).


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 c423 The Wast Water Round from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

In no particular order . . .

Sunset on Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale

Sunset on Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale

Photo: Mick Fox (8)

Yewbarrow, Wasdale Head, Wast Water, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell, Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from below Middle Fell (Wasdale)

Yewbarrow, Wasdale Head, Wast Water, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell, Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from below Middle Fell (Wasdale)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (72)

*From Left to right: Caw Fell, Seatallan, Red Pike, Pillar, Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell and Sca Fell and Wast Water (foreground) from Illgill Head (NB. Scafell Pike is largely hidden behind Sca Fell)

*From Left to right: Caw Fell, Seatallan, Red Pike, Pillar, Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell and Sca Fell and Wast Water (foreground) from Illgill Head (NB. Scafell Pike is largely hidden behind Sca Fell)

Photo: Wayne Hill (34)

Wasdale Head Hall Farm

Wasdale Head Hall Farm

Photo: Craig Carter (40)

Mickledore at Sunset from Wasdale

Mickledore at Sunset from Wasdale

Photo: Craig Carter (27)

The setting sun on Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

The setting sun on Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

Photo: Mick Fox (6)

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Photo: Craig Carter (23)

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)

The Wast Water Screes

The Wast Water Screes

Photo: Richard Duff (2)

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

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

Photo: Peter Dryden (4)


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