23rd July 2016

Lingmell to Whin Rigg

Time 8am to 5:25pm
Duration 9 hr 20 min
Distance 13 mile
Ascent 5400 ft - give or take some
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Down in the Dale Bridge - Brackenclose - Lingmell - Limgmell coll - Scafell Pike - Micklerore Ridge - Foxes Tarn Gullt - Foxes Tarn - Scafell - Long Green - Slight Side - Long Gill - Hardrigg Gill - Illgill Head - Whinrigg Tarn - Whin Rigg - nect to Greathall Gill - Lund Bridge - Low Wood - Wasdale Hall - Wastwater
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


Today we find ourselves on Wasdale to complete the walk we postponed two weeks ago because of wet weather. That proved to be a wise move because we had a great plan B walk on the wet day, and today we ended up having a dry walk. So, as some other bloke once famously said "all's well that ends well". I suppose the first thing we need to do is actually set off walking isn't it. We'd already pulled into the car park and after looking at the price of a days parking, we 'genuinely' thought we didn't have enough change between us (yeah, it's sad isn't it). So, we opted to drive down the road to Down in the Dale Bridge. Once we were parked up I found out the truth and sheepishly mumbled "actually I do have £6.50 in change".
Right in front of us is the ridge we'd be using to reach the top of Lingmell. I'm tempted to say it doesn't look very steep from here - - - - but the reality is quite different.

At the head of the valley are Kirk Fell and Great Gable, both still topped with cloud.

This is the view looking up Lingmell. It is as steep as it looks.

It's hot work on here today. We pause at the wall for a few minutes before taking pictures of Wast Water and then continuing to walk up the fellside.

A similar view taken from higher up. There's just a touch of cloud on Illgill Head.

It was only a matter of time before we reached the cloud on Lingmell.

This is much better, on the walk off Lingmell the clouds began to part and we remained cloud free for the rest of the day.

Looking over Lingmell Col to Broad Crag. If you've got your glasses on you'll notice a thin line running across the middle of the picture. That's the Corridor Route.

Scafell seen from the top of Scafell Pike.

Heading to Mickledore on the path which seems to be getting more and more eroded every time I come here. We're heading down to the left (the Eskdale side) to reach Foxes Tarn Gully. The right hand side is the Wasdale side of the ridge. It's easy for me to say because I know the place but navigation doesn't always have to be complicated, it's mostly about turning left or right at the correct place.

Foxes Tarn Gully comes into view.

At the bottom of Foxes Tarn Gully and viewing the way ahead.

Foxes Tarn.

The route up to Scafell from Foxes Tarn is, to say the least, very steep but it does offer this view if you feel the need to stop and look around. Obviously it's much more agreeable on a clear sunny day.

Scafell summit with a view across to Scafell Pike. There were two other people here when we arrived and that's about all you ever see at the top of Scafell. Scafell Pike on the other hand was already looking very crowded with people appearing to be waiting their turn to get to the actual top. I know which one I'd rather be standing on.

Looking down Long Green to Slight Side.

Lunch with a view of Esk Pike, Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags.

Just below the summit on Slight Side are the remains of a WW2 airplane crash. Considering how much debris there is, it's surprisingly easy to miss.



Here we cross Long Gill with Scafell rising up behind us.

Right, it's time to dig deep as we head up hill again for the 1000ft of ascent from here to the top of Illgill Head.

From Illgill Head we follow the path around the edge of the top of The Screes instead of the straighter route across the ridge.

I've no idea what it is but I'm sure this rock must have a name.

Here's the view looking over the edge. Little more than a few seconds were enough for me looking over here and even then I had to lay on the ground to 'peep' over. Very scary !!

Standing back from the edge, I take this picture of the fells on the western side of Wast Water.

Whinrigg Tarn(s).

At the top of Whin Rigg I look across the valley to the fells above Greendale. Buckbarrow, Seatallan and Middle Fell.

Nether Wasdale Countryside.

Much to the relief of our legs, we're on level ground again next to Wast Water where we pass by the boat house.

And to finish, a view down Wast Water which we'd enjoy for the remainder of the walk which isn't too far along the side of the lake.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks