Eskdale Green to Illgill Head

Name of walk Eskdale Green to Illgill Head
Date of walk 2010-05-04
Distance walked (miles) 10
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine and blue skies
Peaks on walk Irton Fell, Whin Rigg and Illgill Head
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Spaces at Giggle Alley, Eskdale Green

Today Ged, Kas and I went to Eskdale Green to climb Irton Fell, Whin Rigg (1755ft) and Illgill Head (1998ft). We then went down to Burnmoor Tarn and walked back through Miterdale. A walk of just over 10 miles.

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We parked near the Post Office at Giggle Alley.....He he he.

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Looking up at Green Bank.

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View back from the bench seat.

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Entering the forest which leads out on to the fell side.

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Irton Fell summit cairn, looking up to Whin Rigg.

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From Whin Rigg summit looking back down the route we took up from the forest, and then out to sea.

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The first glimpse of Wast Water and view over to Buckbarrow.

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Seatallan, Haycock, Middle Fell etc.

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Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable to the left of Illgill Head summit.

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We head for the tarns so Kas could have a drink.

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Then we walk along the edge looking down on the lake. It is very precarious in places!

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Such a good view today! It is a straight drop down behind me.

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View down from the rock I stood on..

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Ged on the same rock....told you it was precarious!

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Looking at Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell from Illgill Head summit. The cloud is now coming in as forecast. Still some snow on the Scafells!

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We stopped for lunch in the summit shelter.

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We head straight down the fellside to Burnmoor Tarn.

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We head for Burnmoor Lodge on the right.

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Scafell.

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We walked along the shore to the lodge.

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It is all closed up. Just a decomposing sheep in the grounds and several live ones. Apparently it is privately owned and it must be one of the most isolated dwellings in the lakes.

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Looking back to the start of the Miterdale Valley and Scafell. There was very little water in the beck.

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We detoured off to look at a whole area of ruins near Bakerstead Outdoor Pursuits centre. Found a newly dead sheep that probably died lambing.

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Kas on the small bridge that leads to the ruins.

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Cumbrian dialect sign built into the wall at Low Place Farm. It says "Head right for Eskdale".......It must confuse the foreign walkers!

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Farm hens.

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I`ve passed loads of lambs today. I finally gave in and took another photo! Soooo cute!

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View back down the valley.

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We cross the river and head back to Giggle Alley.

A good walk. Not difficult at all. Great views, just a pity we lost the sun in the afternoon. The walk took us about 6 hours.
Jo.
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