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Borrowdale toWasdale

3rd - 4th April 2015


 Day one - Strands Bridge - Seathwaite - Styhead - Wasdale Head - Illgill Head - near Whin Rigg

(about 11 miles 3400ft ascent)

Day Two - Whin Rigg - Irton Fell - Cinderdale Bridge - Gill - Buckbarrow - Glade How - Cat Bields - Harrow Head

(about 6 miles 1650ft ascent)

I joined April and Beefy for a couple of days ( well one and a half, as I had to be home on Saturday but April and Beefy were out until Sunday)

We left the bus at Strands Bridge and set off along the Allerdale Ramble path in dry and calm but misty conditions.

Signpost at Seathwaite showing where we had come from and where we were going.

Looking along the valley with Taylorgill force on the right.

 A close up of the waterfall. There is a nice path to Styhead up by the falls but it's a bit of a scramble in places and with our heavy packs we decided to take the more well used route.

And that route takes you over Stockley Bridge.

Grains Gill from the bridge.

Not much to see looking back from the top of the hill

 ..Styhead Tarn

The lower reaches of Piers Gill on the right seen from the top of the pass

  First sight of Wasdale Head and the weather looks to be improving

The packhorse bridge at Wasdale Head.

After a brief rest at Wasdale Head we set out for Illgill Head now mostly clear of cloud.

 Wastwater from near Brackenclose.

Kirk Fell and Pillar still covered as we leave Wasdale Head on the Old Corpse Road.

The path steepens. Illgill Head ahead.

From Brackenclose to the summit the climb is 1750 ft in two miles so with heavy packs it was pretty hard work especially just after this photo the wind got up and we were blown about all the way to the top.

Wastwater and Yewbarrow from the climb.

We headed along the ridge passing a gully giving a view of Middle Fell where April and Beefy where going to camp the night after.

Whin Rigg from the drop down away from Illgil Head..

Looking back to Illgill Head. The weather looks awful to the east.

Thankfully the wind blew in better weather for us as we walked the ridge to Whin Rigg.

Looking over one of the tarns  with Hesk Fell and Whitfell in the distance

 View southwards over Mitredale and Eskdale to Harter Fell and Caw.

We made the short climb to Whin Rigg top which was Beefys' 200 th Wainwright.

On our way down and across the valley to Gill farm where we were to meet Helen and Sue who were joining us to climb Buckbarrow.

Buckbarrow to the left then the cleft leading to Greendale Tarn then Middle Fell with Seatallen in sunshine at the back.

Brilliant view up Wasdale from the Bridleway near Latterbarrow.

Cinderdale Bridge.

After meeting Sue and Helen  we set off up the small but lovely Buckbarrow. This is looking back the ridge we had descended. Tosh Tarn looks nice in the sun.

Buckbarrow has several lovely tops to explore and that's Sue doing just that.

Super view of the Scafells'.

The cairn on Glade How. April and Beefy were heading for Seatallen then Middle fell but we just accompanied them as far as Cat Bields which is the rock formation in the distance

Helen, Sue and I are back down to the road. Looking to Buckbarrow above

Last walk  - Around Green Quarter Fell - Next walk - Dunnerdale and Green Crag