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the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)


Postby MIKE LEVER » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:18 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Kirk Fell, Pillar, Red Pike (Wasdale), Scoat Fell, Steeple, Yewbarrow

Hewitts included on this walk: Kirk Fell, Pillar, Red Pike (Wasdale), Scoat Fell, Yewbarrow, Yewbarrow North Top

Date walked: 15/03/2011

Time taken: 8

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1650m

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one of the best walks I've ever done,with fantastic views in great weather this was challenging and hard work but well worth it.
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a panoramic view of the scafells.
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A path of sorts ascends direct from the village of Wasdale Head to the summit, the way being in

Wainwright's words "a relentless and unremitting treadmill, a turf clutching crawl, not a walk. There
are only three opportunities of standing upright...". a great description of kirk fell from AW
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kirk fell.
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great gable from the ascent of kirk fell
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me near the top of kirk fell with a fantastic view of great gable
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the scafells and lingmell
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looking over to pillar
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blacksail pass
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the summit of pillar


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steeple
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the scafells reflected in wast water
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby Crawler » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:54 pm

last photo is a stunner - so that path up Kirk Fell is as bad as AW says then? :lol:
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby houdi » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:13 pm

Have done this route a couple of times, although I always do the High Level/Shamrock Traverse to Pillar. First time I did it I went up the front of Kirk Fell just like you. Never again! Agree about the last photo. I've got few good ones of this view but yours is pretty special.
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby ChrisW » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:36 pm

Great photos - looks like a stunning walk, the description of Kirk Fell by AW made me laugh :D
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby colgregg » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:48 pm

This is one of the best lakes walks I've done. You have some excellent pics on here. Must admit I never did fancy adding Kirk Fell onto the journey, heading directly for Black Sail pass instead.
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby susanmyatt » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:30 am

Like the other guys went onto Pillar via Shamrock etc, thought that round was hard work, but rewarding, adding Kirk Fell is cruel, great report :D
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby MIKE LEVER » Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:50 pm

susanmyatt wrote:Like the other guys went onto Pillar via Shamrock etc, thought that round was hard work, but rewarding, adding Kirk Fell is cruel, great report :D

going back to do gable soon and going to do pillar via shamrock, should be a cracker ,
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby Paul Webster » Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:58 pm

GReat report - I worked (and lived in) at Wasdale Head for about 9 months... but only went once that way up Kirk Fell. You have to do it though, looks so tempting from afar.
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby Dogshome » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:53 pm

Did this walk some five years ago at Easter, gorgeous as I left Wasdale and set off up Kirk Fell, had to dispense with my fleece and as I cleared the scree near the top it started snowing, almost a white out and never saw the beautiful view of gable. Must admit I bottled out of the climb up Stirrup Crag at the end of the walk and stupidly dropped down Dorehead screes far worse. By then the weather was back to beautiful.
I returned sometime later and this photo show my eventual descent route of Stirrup Crag, The trip over Yewbarrow really makes this a classic round.
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby MIKE LEVER » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:07 pm

Dogshome wrote:Did this walk some five years ago at Easter, gorgeous as I left Wasdale and set off up Kirk Fell, had to dispense with my fleece and as I cleared the scree near the top it started snowing, almost a white out and never saw the beautiful view of gable. Must admit I bottled out of the climb up Stirrup Crag at the end of the walk and stupidly dropped down Dorehead screes far worse. By then the weather was back to beautiful.
I returned sometime later and this photo show my eventual descent route of Stirrup Crag, The trip over Yewbarrow really makes this a classic round.

The climb up stirrup crag topped of a great day.
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby MIKE LEVER » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:13 pm

Paul Webster wrote:GReat report - I worked (and lived in) at Wasdale Head for about 9 months... but only went once that way up Kirk Fell. You have to do it though, looks so tempting from afar.

got to be one of the most beautiful parts of the lakes.It must be fantastic seeing it in the ever changing weather conditions.
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby MIKE LEVER » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:18 pm

susanmyatt wrote:Like the other guys went onto Pillar via Shamrock etc, thought that round was hard work, but rewarding, adding Kirk Fell is cruel, great report :D

fancy the traverse some day soon, love this area of the lakes
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Re: the mosdale round starting with kirk fell (ouch!!)

Postby yokehead » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:25 pm

This looks to be a fine round, might even tempt me to the Lakes one day instead of continuing on to Scotland! :lol: Love the photos, especially Great Gable. 8)
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