31st December 2005

Rain, rain and more rain - the final walk of 2005 Kirk Fell and Great Gable


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 13.35
Duration 4 hr 50 min
Distance 7.75 mile
Ascent 3320 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Wasdale Head - Black Sail Pass - Kirk Fell - Beck Head - Great Gable - Sty Head Pass - Wasdale Head
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Wasdale Head

Wasdale can boast possession of the highest mountain, the deepest lake and the smallest church. What I'd like to do is add the busiest car park onto this list. During the summer months this is an incredibly popular place, particularly in June when the three peak walkers are out in force.

Unbelievable I know, but parking is actually free. This tiny hamlet also has a hotel / pub, a shop, a camp site and all the facilities you expect to find with it.


Route Map

Wasdale Head and Kirk Fell. A very wet and windy start to the final walk of 2005.

Andrew carefully crossing Gatherstone Beck, about half way up Black Sail Pass.

Looking down into Mosedale with Wasdale Head on the left of the picture.

The highest point on Black Sail Pass.

Kirk Fell summit shelter. It was blowing a gale and the rain turning to snow, not a place to hang around today.

Kirk Fell Tarn.

Beck Head Tarn.

Some very icy rocks at Great Gable summit.
This was the last summit I would reach in 2005, it also means that I've now been to the summit of all 229 fells I have listed on the website, at least once during 2005.

Below the cloud base again and looking down to Sty Head and Styhead Tarn.

Sty Head.

The mountain rescue stretcher box at Sty Head.

Looking down Styhead Pass towards Wasdale Head.

RAF rescue helicopter at Wasdale Head.



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