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Whin Rigg and Illgill Head

Whin Rigg and Illgill Head

Postby andy63 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:50 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Illgill Head, Whin Rigg

Date walked: 13/03/2016

Time taken: 4.2

Distance: 12.6 km

Ascent: 692m

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I started these from Miterdale, which is quite hard to find as the road isn't signposted. From the car park a track leads up along the valley, through a muddy farmyard, and up the little ridge of Tongue Moor.

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Miterdale valley

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I then headed straight up the grassy slopes of Illgill Head. THis is steep enough to be hard work (especially if you're carrying a spare tyre), but after half an hour of grunting and wheezing I was up on top,and looking at spectacular views of Wasdale and the mountains beyond.

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Looking back to Burnmoor Tarn

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Ascent to Illgill Head

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Wastwater and Yewbarrow

After the obligatory visit to Illgill Head summit cairn I then followed the path around the edge of the cliffs to take in the views, before heading up to Whin Rigg summit.

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Illgill Head summit

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Whin Rigg

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Whin Rigg summit

The descent, over the minor top of Irton Fell and then down a path through the forest, was fairly straightforward, although in places it was more like a river than a path.

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Re: Whin Rigg and Illgill Head

Postby The English Alpinist » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:06 am

Great collection of photos. Interesting to see them done from the 'back' instead of Wast Water, and see them in spring conditions! I was there in February.
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Re: Whin Rigg and Illgill Head

Postby ChrisW » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:30 am

Great to see the skies clearing out for you on top Andy, your description of grunting and wheezing fits every ascent I do :lol: Glad you got your just reward mate :clap:
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