Miterdale revisited: Illgill Head and Whin Rigg again.

Another gathering of the clans, a few weeks back now. This time our annual May Bank Holiday camping trip to Church Stile at Nether Wasdale. A good time was had by all. Lots of football was played, sometimes in the rain. The kids were once again victorious in the races at the very welcoming Wasdale Show, where they also enjoyed participating in the maypole dancing and watching the Morris Men. The new campsite owners were terrific and invited the kids to hand-feed some lambs. As ever, too much meat was barbecued, too many stories were recounted and the odd beer was quaffed (not too much obviously). When you next meet the Junior Sherpa ask him about the unfeasibly large gammon steak he consumed at the Strands pub (which, by the way, is highly recommended ).

We even managed to squeeze in some walks, the longest of which was a ramble over Irton Fell, down into Miterdale, up that valley and then up onto Illgill Head, then onto Whin Rigg and finally steeply back down to Wasdale.

Caption competition

The top end of Miterdale is quite Pennine in character, very quiet and – whisper it – a little known gem.

Miterdale 

Lunch stop 2 - by the infant mite 

The head of Miterdale  

Waterfall 

Looking back down Miterdale 

Scafell, Great How above Burnmoor Tarn

This photo, taken rather early in our steepish climb to Illgill Head, was the last I took. On the top we followed the dramatic edge of the top of the Wasdale Screes, but I neglected to photograph them. I think I was cold, because, despite the optimistic shorts in evidence above, and the sunshine, the weather was perishing. February seems to claimed squatter’s rights. Hopefully Andy will have some good shots whenever he gets around to posting this trip.

Whin Rigg map

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Miterdale revisited: Illgill Head and Whin Rigg again.

6 thoughts on “Miterdale revisited: Illgill Head and Whin Rigg again.

  1. I have a few photos from up on edge but like you I was a bit cold in shorts! Might be a few weeks till I get a post up, still several reports behind.
    Cracking weekend though and already booked up for next year

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It’s grand, not sure any part of the Lakes can be described as ‘undiscovered’, but this seems to be one of the quieter corners.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Even when you think you know an area well, I think there are still plenty of nooks and crannies to investigate. I remember a friend recommending Miterdale to me years ago, but it took me a very long time to get round to checking it out – well worth it though.

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