25th August 2006

An out and back to Pillar from Wasdale Head.


Walk Overview
Time 12.30 to 16.15
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 3337 ft
Walking with On my own
Wasdale Head - Black Sail Pass - Looking Stead - Pillar - Looking Stead - Black Sail 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

The packhorse bridge at Wasdale Head.

Looking ahead into Mosedale.
The lowest point on the skyline is Wind Gap (with the white line of scree) and Pillar summit is the high point to the right of Wind Gap.

Gatherstone Beck and the Black Sail Pass path just to its left.
This picture was taken near the place where I left the "true" Black Sail Pass path and started to follow a narrower path which brings you onto the Pillar ridge near the left edge of the photo.

Looking back down to Mosedale from Gatherstone Head.
The rocky fell in the middle of the picture is Yewbarrow and the one behind that and to the left is Illgill Head.

High Stile, High Crag and Seat above Ennerdale Valley.

From a little further up the ridge, with Seat and Haystacks (middle) Fleetwith Pike (right) and Robinson / Hindscarth behind. The dark fells back left are the Skiddaw fells.

The view back down the ridge towards the top of Black Sail Pass.

The way ahead.

Pillar summit.

Crags above Pillar Cove.

And again a couple of minutes later.

Another band of cloud blowing across the ridge.

The view down to Mosedale and Wasdale Head.

The top section of Black Sail Pass.
For my return route I continued down to the top of Black Sail Pass rather than taking the higher path I'd used earlier on the ascent.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks