2nd June 2006

The direct route up Kirk Fell from Wasdale Head.

Walk Overview
Time 13.55 to 17.20
Duration 3 hr 25 min
Distance 4.35 mile
Ascent 2493 ft
Walking with On my own
Wasdale Head - Kirk Fell - Beck Head - Gavel Neese - 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.

Looking up Kirk Fell's "direct route".

Great End and Lingmell seen from the rocks about a third of the way up the grassy section seen in the previous picture.

Wasdale Head and Wast Water. It is about this point that the steep grass starts to give way to steep scree. The obvious path from here runs through the scree, but I prefer to leave the path and continue walking on the grass as far as I can. Once the grass ends I still resist walking up the scree path by continuing up hill on the bigger stones, which if you're careful, are quite solid and held firmly in place. Eventually though, there's no other option than to walk up the obviously more popular, steep and difficult route. Once you reach the top it's time for a well earned sit down.

Great Gable taken further up Kirk Fell.

A close up of Scafell Pike summit.

Wasdale Head and Wast Water again, this time seen from the more gentle path below the summit.

Sitting at Kirk Fell summit and looking towards the High Stile ridge on the left, the Grasmoor fells in the middle and Robinson on the right.

Zooming in to Sprinkling Tarn, Allan Crags and the Langdale Pikes. Also taken from Kirk Fell summit.

The smaller of the two tarns which are named together as Kirkfell Tarn.
The fells in the background are, Great End, Ill Crag, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike, Lingmell (behind the sheep), Symonds Knott and Sca Fell.

And from the same place you have the bigger of the tarns with High Stile behind.

Green Gable and Great Gable from the path down Rib End to Beck Head.

Another steep section of path around the lower slopes of Great Gable.

Looking back up towards Great Gable.

Wast Water in the distance from the track to Burnthwaite.

Great Gable and Beck Head. The path I followed from Beck Head (the lowest point in the middle) can be seen running across the side of Great Gable's screes and then down the dark line of grass towards the wall.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks