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A Whin Whin Situation

A Whin Whin Situation


Postby icemandan » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:11 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Whin Rigg

Date walked: 11/07/2012

Time taken: 3.3

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 486m

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Everyone knows Wastwater Screes. Whin Rigg is the summit at the western end. Its top is a little rocky castle and it throws out a long ridge to the south west which terminates in the little prow of Irton Pike. A friend of ours was camping at Santon Bridge and doing Scafell Pike which seemed like a tall order on a humid day. Whin Rigg seemed like a pleasant afternoon stroll.

We parked up and headed up through the forest before doubling back to Irton Pike. This initially made for a pleasant spot for lunch although the muggy windless conditions meant that it wasn't long before our presence attracted the attention of the insect community. The views were superb though.

Muncaster Fell from Irton Pike.jpg


Trees - Irton Pike.jpg


Gable from Irton Pike.jpg


As we ate and swatted away assorted flies and wasps, the weather brightened.

Eskdale Green from Irton Pike.jpg


Harter Fell from Irton Pike.jpg


Gable - Brighter light.jpg


We walked along the long whalebacked ridge - very wet and boggy after weeks of rain - past the imposing gulch of Great Hall Gill and up the long grassy slope to the summit of Whin Rigg. There were rather bleak views out to West Cumberland and the Irish Sea.

Ravenglass - Black and White.jpg
Ravenglass - Colour.jpg


and attractive milky light over the Western Fells

Milky light over Yewbarrow.jpg


A short walk from the summit opened up views over Wastwater

Wastwater from Whin Rigg.jpg


Edge of the Screes - Whin Rigg.jpg


Wandering back down, the sun picked out the grassy back of Dow Crag and the Coniston Fells

Sunlit Coniston Fells.jpg


To cut out the bogs we detoured down through a felled area into Miterdale forest where there was an unexpected seat. Foxgloves grew everywhere.

Foxgloves - Miterdale Forest.jpg


Back through the forest to the car and a good meal at the Bridge Inn
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Re: A Whin Whin Situation

Postby john923 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:36 pm

Some nice pics there. Have they finished the tree-felling? They were busy cutting the upper forest slopes when we did Whin Rigg back in February, with warning notices everywhere. Thankfully the bridleway down to Miterdale had been left untouched.
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Re: A Whin Whin Situation

Postby ChrisW » Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:54 pm

Great report Icemandan, looks a lovely wander (except for the damn bugs of course) Good to see some shots from home that aren't washed out with the damn rain :D
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Re: A Whin Whin Situation

Postby icemandan » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:33 pm

@John - The felling seems to be pretty much finished although the warning signs were still up. I don't know why but there seems to be a frenzy of tree felling everywhere at the moment.

@Chris - we were lucky, it was the first dry day for weeks - not like your endless blue skies in the Rockies!
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