7th October 2010

Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Wast Water


Walk Overview
Time 12.00 to 16.05
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 9.1 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with On my own
Greendale junction Wast Water - Wasdale Hall - Lund Bridge - side of Greathall Gill - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Straighthead Gill - Brackenclose - Wasdale Road - Greendale junction Wast Water
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

The weather forecast had predicted a "mini Indian summer" for today and they were spot on. Certainly at lower level anyway. It was a bit breezy and not exactly warm on the tops, but I can live with that if it means the days are as nice as this one.

I know this picture wasn't taken from the prescribed place, but it still more or less shows the classic of all the classic views in the Lake District.

Looking across Wast Water to The Screes. I'd thought about walking across there today, but decided to head onto Whin RIgg and Illgill Head instead; a good decision as it turned out.

Wasdale Hall; now used as a youth hostel.

A view down the length of Wast Water from the path through Low Wood.

If it weren't for Lund Bridge you'd have to walk a couple of mile further round to get to Greathall Gill. As it is, a short walk around the edge of Low Wood does the trick.


I took this picture of Wast Water, Middle Fell, Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell and Great Gable from the point where I turned onto the path beside Greathall Gill.

A view down to the lovely countryside around Nether Wasdale.

Wast Water and the western fells, taken higher up on the path next to Greathall Gill.

A close up of Woodhow Tarn.

On the ridge now and looking back towards the top of Greathall Gill.

Illgill Head seen from Whin Rigg summit.

You get the best view from Whin Rigg if you drop down a short distance from the summit, rather than from the summit itself.


A close up of Wasdale Hall.

Another picture of Nether Wasdale and it's surrounding countryside, this time with the view extending to the coast.

Time to start heading across (or rather up) to Illgill Head.

Looking back to Whin Rigg.


When you're leaving Illgill Head you're treated to a fantastic view down to Wasdale Head and some of the biggest fells in the Lake District.

Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell and not quite the top of Scafell Pike.

Kirk Fell, Great Gable and the ridge up to Lingmell.


It looks much further than it is. It took me exactly one hour to walk from Brackenclose back to the car.

A valley level view up the Lingmell ridge. The crags in the centre of the photo are the Pulpit Rock area of Scafell Pike (not the summit).

Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Yewbarrow and Great Gable taken from the bottom of the track to Bowderdale Farm.

It was lovely walking across here this afternoon. If it weren't for the colours you've have argued that it was the middle of summer.

Back at the car now and a final look at the view which had dominated the walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks