Kirk Fell

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 186 084)

Wasdale Head – Gavel Neese -Beck Head – North Top of Kirk FellKirk Fell – Wasdale Head

Distance: 4.4 miles     Total Ascent: 747 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 15 minutes

Weather: Sunny but hazy, warming nicely but cold on tops. 10C in valleys.

Today I ended up on a fell I hadn’t set out to climb – I had in mind to climb Great Gable but when I climbed to Beck Head I remembered that Kirk Fell was one of the ones that Dougal hasn’t yet done (there aren’t many!) so as it was so near I decided to go for it. The sun was quite warm at times but the views were hazy – can’t grumble though, I think winter is over now and we will soon be in shorts. I walked part of the way to the foot of Gavel Neese with StridingEdge fan John – a Lord no less!

Kirk Fell

Kirk Fell

Height: 802 metres / 2631 feet Grid reference: NY 19498 10485 Category: The Western Fells

Kirk Fell has two separate tops, the main and highest one being the south top with the north top across the hollow containing Kirkfell Tarn.

Looking north-west from Kirk Fell summit

Looking north-west from Kirk Fell summit

 

Scafell and Scafell Pike with the rising sun across Kirkfell Tarn

Scafell and Scafell Pike with the rising sun across Kirkfell Tarn

North Top of Kirk Fell

Height 787 metres/2582 feet     Grid Reference NY 19916 10701

Looking across to Kirk Fell's main summit over the tarn from the north top

Looking across to Kirk Fell’s main summit over the tarn from the north top

The steep climb up to Kirk Fell

The steep climb up to Kirk Fell

Great Gable

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 186 084)

Wasdale Head – Kirk FellNorth Top of Kirk Fell – Beck Head – Great Gable – Westmorland Cairn – Great Hell Gate – Napes Needle – Sphinx Rock – Moses Trod – Wasdale Head

Distance: 5 miles     Total Ascent: 1100 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Icy at first, sunny later. -2oC at first, 7oC max.

I would have liked to have made it to Great Gable yesterday as it was the FRCC annual Armistice Day service up there, but not to worry as I had my own service in solitude today. It was really icy ad cold when I set off and that soon gave way to sunshine and clear blue skies. I descended Great Gable by way of the Westmorland Cairn and down to the rough and rocky Great Napes descending Great Hell Gate and traversing to Napes Needle and Sphinx Rock.

Mosedale Horseshoe

Start point: Overbeck Bridge (NY 168 068)

Overbeck Bridge – Bell Rib – Great Door – Yewbarrow – Dore Head – Red Pike Scoat FellSteeple Black Crag (Pillar)  PillarLooking Stead – Black Sails Pass –  Kirk Fell – Wasdale Head – Overbeck Bridge

Distance: 11.6 miles     Total Ascent: 2454 metres     Time Taken: 6 hours

Weather: Sultry, but very windy on the latter tops. 24oC.

It was a funny old day today, weather-wise. When I set off from Overbeck Bridge, it was raining and showers continued over Yewbarrow with the odd ominous rumble of thunder. When the rain stopped, it became very hazy and warm and by the time I got to Pillar it was sunny, but with gale force winds which were present until I got back to valley level where it became almost unbearably hot. Angus and Casper were resplendent with new summer haircuts – it takes years off Angus, I think. It was quite an arduous round this one – a new one for Casper as it was very rocky with a few scrambles, Angus of course, took it all in his stride.

Great Gable

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 187 088)

Wasdale Head – Kirk Fell (171) – North Top of Kirk Fell (172) – Great Gable (173) – Moses Trod – Wasdale Head

Weather: Mostly sunny, cold wind.

Today’s walk was a visit to two of the giants of Wasdale – Kirk Fell and Great Gable. I took the direct route up to Kirk Fell from Wasdale Head, a sickeningly steep climb, ‘the steepest in Lakeland’ as Wainwright described it.