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Great Walks 5

The Wasdale Round - route description


Pictorial Guides

Great Walks 5 in the Lake District is now available on DVD. It’s one of the most spectacular 3 day high walks in Lakeland taking in Buckbarrow and Pillar, Gable and the Scafells and coming back to the start at Santon Bridge by way of the top of the Wastwater Screes. Presented by Cameron McNeish.

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striding edgeIf any of you are planning to follow Cameron on this spectacular three Day walk round the Wasdale Valley, this route description in combination with the relevant Ordnance Survey map should give you the detail you need.

Day 1

From The Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge follow the River Irt upstream to Crag House Bridge. Follow the track through Hollins and then on to Stangends. Before the farm turn left and walk into Nether Wasdale. From there the route goes through Gill and then crosses the road and ascends Buckbarrow.

On then to Greendale Tarn and up to the hause before contouring around the head of the Nether Beck Valley and following a rather vague path up to the col between Red Pike and Scoat Fell. Over the top of Black Crag and on to Pillar. From there down towards Pillar Rock and the start of the High Level Route past Robinsons Cairn and on to Black Sail Pass. Kirk Fell is not climbed but the traverse above Ennerdale skirts round to Beck Head. Finally over Great Gable and down to Sty Head and then back to Wasdale Head. (Hope you get better weather for this stretch than Cameron did.)

Day 2

The valley path is taken towards Sty Head and the stream crossed just beyond The Emerald Pool. The route then climbs up beside Piers Gill and emerges onto The Corridor Route. This is crossed and the climb made to Broad Crag Col and so up to Scafell Pike.

On then to Mickledore and the descent towards Cam Spout before climbing steeply to Foxes Tarn and the summit of Scafell. The descent is then over Green How and down to Brackenclose.

Day 3

From Brackenclose the Coffin Route is taken initially before the ascent of Illgill Head. The path then follows above The Screes to Whin Rigg and then on to Irton Pike and back to Santon Bridge.


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