Kirk Fell

Name of walk Kirk Fell
Date of walk 2006-03-23

Day off today so I decided to go to Wastwater again. I had lunch there and then went to Wasdale Head for a coffee at the pub. Once in the pub I got my map out and then decided to walk up Kirk Fell, 2630ft (802m). It goes straight up….then it gets steeper! In his book `The Western Fells` Wainwright says: “This route is the steepest in Lakeland – a relentless and unremitting treadmill, a turf-clutching crawl, not a walk. There are only three opportunities of standing upright, three heaven sent bits of horizontal, before the slope eases into the summit plateau.”


Wast Water.


I set off about half twelve, and was on the top by two. The path up toward the screes can be seen in the front center of the fell.


Wasdale Head from one of my many 30 second rest stops.


Lingmell Beck below, above Lingmell and Great End.


Looking towards the Scafells. Still on my list of mountains to climb......and not as steep as this one!


Mosedale beck below and Pillar on the right.


Very windy on the top. Standing up was very risky. I had to kneel behind the cairn for protection from the wind to take this photo. Great Gable seen on the left. I did think about carrying on towards the other side and getting the view to Ennerdale, but I decided that it would take too long in the wind, especially as it was rocky. Time was getting on and I needed to be back in Barrow around half four, so I headed back down.


Route to Sty Head.


Wastwater from the top. Burnmoor Tarn seen on the left. View a bit hazy today.


Scafells again.


Lots of boulders and scree to traverse, and too windy to stand up to do it! I`m not sure what was worse, coming up it or going down! Spot my foot too....oops!


View back down Wastwater. Got back to my car just after three so I made quite good time especially on the screes as I tended to stand still whilst they moved!

A good little walk!