Walk Report: Illgill Head

Date: 22nd Nov 2008
Stats: 11.5 miles, 2400 feet
Weather: Very cold with some wind, no rain and mostly clear skies
Trig Points: 0
Wainwrights: 2: Whin Rigg, Illgill Head
Other Info: Free parking for about 6-8 cars at Irton Pike, no toilets
Summary: Irton Pike, Irton Fell, Whin Rigg, cliff path, Illgill Head, Burnmoor Tarn, lower path through Miterdale, Miterdale Forest, Irton Pike


Key to symbols:
= Wainwright Summit

This walk, as good as it was, in weather memorable for it’s biting cold, will unfortunately only now be remembered for the fact that Tex found his missing red hiking sock in the boot of my car before we set off. He emitted a squeal of delight and proceeded to dance a small but embarrassing jig around the thankfully empty car park as he pulled his sock from beneath a water bottle in the corner of my boot. He’d spent the previous week in the doldrums bemoaning the loss of his most long-lived piece of walking equipment and now rapidly shelved the plan he’d formed to frame the other sock and mount it on his wall. Expect to see more pictures of his red socks in future.

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Looking ahead to Whin Rigg

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Sellafield from the path up Whin Rigg

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Wast Water with Great Gable behind

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Tex, on the path up to Whin Rigg

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Tex, pushing on to the top of Whin Rigg

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Summit of Whin Rigg

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Tex, in the shelter on Whin Rigg

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Wast Water and Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Illgill Head, with the two unnamed tarns

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
The eastern tarn with Boamey Island in the middle (as named by Tex!)

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Wast Water and Broken Rib

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Wast Water with Yewbarrow centre stage

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Wast Water

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Tex stands on the edge of ‘The Escarpment’

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
To coin a book title from Derry Brabbs, “In the footprints of Wainwright”

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Great Gable

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Shelter on Illgill Head

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The head of Wasdale

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Burnmoor Tarn with Eskdale Fell behind

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Burnmoor Tarn with Burnmoor Lodge just visible

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Our path is heading for the “heathery mound” and then around the tarn

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Our path, around the tarn, looks boggy – three tiny walkers just visible to left of tarn

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Burnmoor Lodge

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Bulatt Bridge crossing Burnmoor Tarn

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Burnmoor Lodge

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
River Mite running through Miterdale

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head
Miterdale Forest

lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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