18th July 2006

A circuit of Wastwater


Walk Overview
Time 12.45 to 16.40
Duration 3 hr 55 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 745 ft
Walking with On my own
Wast Water - Smithy Beck - Goat Gill - Landing Stage - Netherbeck Bridge - Overbeck Bridge - Wasdale Head Hall Farm - The Screes - Lund Bridge - Low Wood
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Wast Water

There are lots of parking options along here, ranging from quite large areas which have been adopted as car parks to simply driving onto the grass verge.

They are all free, but this is a very popular place with families so be prepared for the need to drive up and down the road to find a space.


Route Map

A creature from the deep or one of the divers that frequently visit Wast Water ?

Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.
It was another scorcher today and possibly one of the hottest days I've ever walked in.

Yewbarrow rising above Bowderdale Farm.

Overbeck Bridge with Great Gable in the background.

A close up of Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable taken from the bridge over Lingmell Beck.

Wasdale Head Hall Farm. the fell behind the farm is Lingmell.
It was far too hot today to be walking up fells like Lingmell, especially by the direct route which runs through the green area above the farm and along the ridge.

And again.

On the back side of Wast Water now and looking back to Kirk Fell, Great Gable and the ridge to Lingmell.

A side on view of Yewbarrow seen across Wast Water.

Walking along the path through The Screes.

It was scorching hot along this part of the route. I think some of the heat must have been coming off the rocks. In a couple of places I needed to steady myself by holding onto the rocks and some of them were too hot to touch for more then a few seconds.

Looking straight up the scree to some of the crags below the Whin Rigg / Illgill Head ridge.

Another picture looking across Wast Water, this time to Buckbarrow, Seatallan and the lower slopes of Middle Fell.

Looking straight up to the crags again. They look just as impressive from below as they do when you're looking down from the ridge above.

Wasdale Hall youth hostle.

The longest of the scree sections I'd walked through while on the opposite site of the lake. The stones don't look very big from here, but a great deal of care is needed to walk across them safely, you really do have to watch every footstep.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks