9th July 2004

A walk from Eskdale Green - Two valleys, two fells and one tarn.


Walk Overview
Time 13:45 to 18:50
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 11.9 mile
Ascent 2674 ft
Walking with On my own
Eskdale Green -Miterdale - Whin Rigg - Whin Rigg Tarn - Illgill Head - Burnmoor Tarn - Burnmoor Lodge - Eskdale Moor - Boot - Church House - Milkingstead - The Green Station - Eskdale Green
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces next to Giggle Alley, Eskdale Green

This is a great little car park. Right in the centre of Eskdale Green with a shop down the road and toilets next to the car park. It is a great starting point for a whole host of walks in this area, it's free and more often than not there are empty spaces available.


Route Map

The bridge over the river Mite. This is another one of those pack horse bridges that at one time must have been along a busy route. This one being from Eskdale to Nether Wasdale.

Looking towards Harter Fell from a clearing in Miterdale Forest. Although the distant fells had a generous covering of cloud, I was walking very hot sunshine. This made a welcome change from the recent weather.

Nether Wasdale from Irton Fell.

Greathall Gill from the path below Whin Rigg. The route along this ridge passes quite a few of these "Gills". Each one was like walking past the end of a wind tunnel. I was glad the wind wasn't coming from the other direction.

Whin Rigg Summit. The fell in the center behind is Yewbarrow with Kirk Fell on its right and Red Pike on its left. The dark fell behind Red Pike is Pillar.

One of the group of tarns between Whin Rigg and Illgill Head. The fells in the background are the Whitfell group.

Wastwater from the top of the screes. (Another wind tunnel).

Illgill Head summit. The highest of the fells is Great Gable with Kirk Fell on its left and Lingmell to its right.

Just past Illgill Head summit looking down to the end of Wastwater and Wasdale Head. The view from here shows how impressive the mountains around Wasdale head are. In the foreground are L Yewbarrow and R Lingmell slopping down into the valley, both providing a perfect frame for the bulk of Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

Burnmoor Tarn from the route off Illgill Head. The old Corpse Road from Wasdale Head to Boot runs along the far side of the tarn. This route used until 1901 to carry coffins from Wasdale Head to St Catherine’s Church in Boot, for burial. The road was still suitable for horse and cart well into the 20th Century.

Burnmoor Lodge looks out over the tarn, bleak and uninviting, with walled grounds. This was once a keeper’s cottage, probably a hive of activity in its day, and perhaps a little less forbidding. The lodge is well worth a look around, or better still somewhere to find shelter from the cold. Yet on cold, overcast winter days, as my nephew pointed out “it gives you the creeps”.
This most rank alongside Skiddaw House as far as seclusion goes. No need to worry about noisy neighbors here.

Looking over Burnmoor Tarn across to the Wasdale fells.

One of the ruins along the path from Burnmoor Tarn to Boot. The highest fell in the back ground is Sca Fell.

Eskdale Mill at Boot.

And again.

St Catherine's Church near Boot.

The stepping stones over the River Esk, with the church behind.

Low Wood in Eskdale Valley. Isn't this what woodland should look like?

Looking back through the woods.

Looking back across the field near Milkingstead.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks