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Whin Rigg and Illgill Head from Eskdale Green
by richardkchapman » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:26 am
Wainwrights included on this walk: Illgill Head, Whin Rigg
Date walked: 31/03/2012
Time taken: 6.5
Distance: 16.6 km
Ascent: 720mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
A glorious day, with the weather forecast claiming ZERO chance of any hazards other than sunburn... Decided to make the most of our first day in the Lakes in case the weather didn't last (snow is forecast for Monday...)
After walking over to Mitredale from our base in Eskdale Green, the walk starts off through a forest. I was a bit concerned that this would be one of those dark and lifeless conifer plantations, but it was actually a very pleasant broadleaf plantation, at least initially.
After a little while the forest did become conifer, but even then the clearing for the path was wide enough to let in lots of light.
Near the top of the ridge the forest is being harvested and will be replaced with broadleaf.
Soon we reached the ridge, and were rewarded with some fine views.
And some chocolate
The climb up the ridge to Whin Rigg was easy walking on a lovely grassy path. Every so often glimpses of WastWater come into view far below at the foot of the screes.
From the top of Whin Rigg the ridge to Illgill Head is easy and a lovely walk
We had been fooled by the weather forecast into travelling light, without waterproofs, and were now starting to regret it, both because of the wind (which was cold, even at this relatively low altitude) and the clouds approaching from the Scafell direction which looked like they might be carrying rain. Fortunately no rain materialized.
From the summit of Illgill Head the views are spectacular, and they become more spectacular still if you walk 35 yards west to the edge of the drop to WastWater (walking 40 yards rather than 35 is NOT recommended)
From the summit we descended to the pass near Burnmoor tarn, and then along the back of Illgill Head into Mitredale. A lot of the paths in this area are closed for forestry operations, and we ended up diverted through a very muddy cowfield and then through a farmyard where our path was blocked by a very large pig fast asleep against the gate. Eventually the owner turned up and shooed the pig away so that we could continue. A long but easy walk down the track and then the road to Mitredale where we had started, and back to Eskdale Green just in time to get ice creams (and supplies for tomorrow's expedition) from the shop before it closed.
by garyhortop » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:07 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:22 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:47 pm
We're staying in Wasdale at the end of July so, something my husband and elder daughter can do
by simon-b » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:34 pm
Two of the fifteen Wainwrights I've yet to do, and two I'm really looking forward to.
by ChrisW » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:05 am
by dibrooksbank » Mon May 21, 2012 1:05 pm
by L-Hiking » Tue May 22, 2012 8:03 pm
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