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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.

" Right, I've had enough of yer nagging. I'm gonna strangle you"

"Oh no your not, we'll settle this with swords"

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

Styhead Tarn

Piers Gill from the top of the pass

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

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

Looking along Wastwater from near Brackenclose.

The view in the other direction to Kirkfell and the lower slopes of Pillar behind.

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.

Illgill Head summit.  April and Beefy discuss the options of where to camp. The wind was very strong here and it was raining

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.

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

Looking back to Illgill Head from near the little tarns in the depression between the tops.

Although the weather has improved we were still a bit worried about the wind so spent quite a while roaming around the fell looking for a sheltered spot.

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

Eventually we found a sheltered spot and the wind did die down as well so we had a quiet night

Stainton Pike with Whitfell behind.

A look back along the ridge to Illgill Head.

We made the short climb to Whin Rigg top which was Beefys' 199th Wainwright.

We made 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.

Brilliant view up Wasdale from the Bridleway near Latterbarrow.

After meeting Sue and Helen  we set of up the small but lovely Buckbarrow. This is looking back the ridge we had descended from. 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'

Zooming in a bit

The motley crew on Buckbarrow.

Poor Beefy, his 200th Wainwright picture photo bombed by April

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

Looking back over to the Screes with Illgill Head at the left hand end and Whin Rigg at the right.

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