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Whin Rigg & Ill Gill Head

Whin Rigg & Ill Gill Head

Postby Phooooey » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:42 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Illgill Head, Whin Rigg

Date walked: 09/04/2011

Time taken: 9

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 711m

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Whin Rigg & Ill Gill Head

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The sun was out in all its glory for an early April morn so the hour journey up the western flanks of the Lakes and into the head of Eskdale and Miterdale was made by myself, my wife Ellie and Damson.
We parked at the base of Miterdale in the most idyllic of car parks looking up the valley to Scafell. From here we headed west into the woods and after a while (and two detours where the forest tracks misled us) and a some what surprised snake in the middle of the path,
Slow Worm found in woods whilst climbing Whin Rigg
Ellie climbing woodland path up Whin Rigg
we broke out on the southern flanks of Whin Rigg and made our ascent in the sunshine towards the top passing the rock ampitheatre (as Wainwright called it) and up to the summit.
Ellie near Greathall Gill on Whin Rigg
Climbing Whin Rigg

Onwards and upwards from here led us up the eastern edge of the Wast Water Screes and onto Ill Gill Head for a drop of lunch (Pecan danishes go down very well after a bit of a climb). A few pics at the tarns on the way up and Damson was in posing mode !
Damson licks her lips at Tarn
Full pose
Looking back on Whin Rigg
Overlooking Wast Water
Climb to Ill Gill Head
Me and Damson on Ill Gill Head

The way down was a touch more adventurous as we came off the northern path a little early and descended a very steep grass and heather bank down towards Birkmoor Tarn and the base of Scafell.
Birkmoor Tarn
Rather steep descent !!
From here we followed a very wet and boggy path back down Miterdale back to the car.
Trek back down Miterdale

The views of the surrounding fells were spectacular, looking out to Scafell, the Gables, Kirk Fell, Pillar, Yewbarrow et all and the climbing was moderate.
Scafell from Ill Gill
Kirk Fell & Great Gable from Ill Gill

It was Ellie's first trek out for a few weeks so the going was a little slower that my last few efforts (we counted in decimal days rather than hours which is why no time is recorded. (other reports claim about 4 to 5 hours for others attempting this walk).
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