Wednesday 5th August 2009


Start Point : Wasdale Head (NY 187 085)


Distance : 6.2 miles          Height Ascended : 910 metres


Route Map



Memorial stone in the tiny churchyard at Wasdale Head in

remembrance of a climbing party lost in 1959 on the Karakoram, Himalaya


………….and the inscription


A gloomy start to the day with the summit of Great Gable, today’s objective,  hidden in cloud


The footbridge over Lingmell Beck near the farm at Burnthwaite


Wasdale Head


Looking up to the Great Napes


Piers Gill


A look back to Wasdale Head - overlooked here by Yewbarrow, Red Pike and Kirk Fell


Styhead Tarn and a distant view of Blencathra


Great views towards Borrowdale and beyond  from the steep climb up Great Gable from Sty Head


Styhead Tarn below Seathwaite Fell with Glaramara, the high point on the skyline, behind


A sun-dappled Scafell massif


Another view towards Borrowdale -  Clough Head centred in the far  distance with the Dodds ridge extending right to Helvellyn


Great End - the path from Sty Head to Esk Hause clearly visible


Looking down on Green Gable


The bronze War Memorial tablet of the Fell and Rock

Climbing club set into Great Gable’s summit cairn


A delightful scene from the top of Great Gable looking down into Ennerdale and across the High Stile ridge and Haystacks to Crummock Water and Grasmoor


The westerly panorama from the Westmorland Cairn overlooking Kirk Fell is equally impressive – click on image for a larger version


The Westmorland Cairn erected in 1876 by the brothers Westmorland to mark what

they considered to be the finest mountain viewpoint in the district…………………………………..


……………….not bad is it


The patchwork quilt of fields at Wasdale Head


Looking steeply down on Tophet Bastion and the upper wall of the Napes with scree of Great

 Hell Gate running down to the left…………..(AW - TheThe Western Fells Great Gable 13)


Overlooking the Westmorland Cairn and Kirk Fell to the Mosedale Horseshoe - Seatallan the highpoint to the left


Looking up Little Hell Gate


Back o' Sphinx Rock


Something catches Violet’s attention


Wast Water and Wasdale Head from the South Traverse below Great Napes


The Great Napes


Front o' Sphinx Rock (also known as Cat Rock)


The South Traverse crosses the scree run of Little Hell Gate - a climber half way up on the left (red coat) gives an idea of scale


Beck Head


Another view of Wasdale Head this time from the descent down Gavel Neese


Looking up the steep slope of Gavel Neese to the 'Napes'


Kirk Fell's Ill Gill


A last look back to Sty Head and Great End from the footbridge at the foot of Gavel Neese


Kirk Fell


Great Gable from Wasdale Head - a rather brighter scene than at the start of the walk……………………



…………….even the butterflies and bees were out (Small Tortoiseshell & White-Tailed Bumblebee)


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