Illgill Head

Start point: Old Quarry car park (NY 121 012)

Old Quarry car park – Irton Pike (OF)Irton Fell Whin Rigg (445) Illgill Head (446) – Burnmoor Tarn – Miterdale – Old Quarry car park

Distance: 11 miles     Total Ascent: 900 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Grey to start, ever brightening. 7°C

It started off a bit grey and murky this morning, but at least it wasn’t raining after the downpour yesterday which left many places waterlogged and boggy. These fells overlooking Wast Water are perhaps better known from the side as ‘The Screes’, where the steep and treacherous western face looks almost insurmountable. The contrasting eastern side falling to Miterdale is quite gentle and grassy and this is the route I took for the return leg after the ridge walk above Wast Waster.

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