14th July 2006

A walk from Eskdale Green, above Wast Water screes and through a quiet valley.


Walk Overview
Time 14.05 to 17.45
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 9.2 mile
Ascent 2431 ft
Walking with On my own
Eskdale Green - Miterdale Forest - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Tongue Moor - Miterdale - 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

Great Bank seen sticking out of the trees in Miterdale Forest, from the Giggle Alley route I followed from Eskdale Green to Miterdale.

Once you leave Miterdale Forest you end up on the wide, grassy Whin Rigg / Illgill Head ridge which has some spectacular views across to the fells on the opposite side of Wast Water. The fells in this picture are Buckbarrow, Seatallan and Middle Fell.

Looking in almost the same direction as the previous photo, this time taken from the top of Greathall Gill. Notice the two walkers in the centre of the gill.

Illgill Head taken from Whin Rigg.
The fells on the left are Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell and Great Gable. The broad fell on the right is Scafell.

Wast Water from just below Whin Rigg.

Illgill Head and Whinrigg Tarn (s). Just after passing the tarn I left the main path and followed a route along the edge of the ridge to get some views down the Screes to Wast Water. A good choice on a day like today, but not one I'd consider during high winds.

Wast Water from above The Screes.


Lingmell, the Scafells and Slight Side seen from Illgill Head.

A close up of Wasdale Head.

From Illgill Head I took an off path route down to Tongue Moor where I got this view of Burnmoor Tarn.

Harter Fell behind the Boat How ridge.

Bakersteads outdoor pursuits centre.

A rather dry looking River Mite seen from the area marked on the map as Porterthwaite.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks