Whin Rigg

Details
Grid Ref NY 151 034
Height 1,755 ft

I think I'm correct in saying that the western face of Whin Rigg with its confusion of rocks, scree and gullies is a place where anyone who values their time on earth would never think of trying to conquer. Even on the brightest of summer days when from the opposite side of Wast Water you have a truly spectacular mountain scene in front of you, you're still left with a feeling that this is not a fell for us mere mortals. And while this might be true enough from this side of the fell, I have to point out to all those sightseers who look up from Wasdale, that you're the unfortunate victims of a clever deception. This fell is indeed suitable for us fell walkers who like to keep our feet firmly on the ground because the eastern side of the ridge is, in total contrast to the above, gently sloping, grassy, just about free from crags, and an absolute pleasure to walk.

If you think the crags and the screes look spectacular from below, you should see the view when you look from above; not somewhere to stand too close to the edge if you're fearful of high places and sudden drops.

More often than not, Whin Rigg is combined with a visit to Illgill Head. At the low point between the two fells are several tarns.

 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Wast Water - Wasdale Hall - Low Wood - Lund Bridge - next to Greathall Gill - Whin Rigg
3 mile / approx 1800 ft ascent
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After a short walk along the side of the road you turn into the grounds of Wasdale Hall, which now a youth hostel. For a short while after this you have an all too short, but nonetheless lovely lakeside walk. The best bit of the route however, is the climb alongside Greathall Gill; a huge gash running down the fellside, and somewhere I keep promising to investigate one day.

 

Route suggestion: Giggle Alley, Eskdale - Low Holme - Miterdale Forest - Irton Fell - top of Greathall Gill - Whin rigg
2.9 mile / approx 1800 ft ascent
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If this route is done while you're alone, you'll find yourself leaving the civilisation of Eskdale Green and before too long you're in the depths of Miterdale Forest where for a brief time in the darker, upper section of the woods you really will feel alone. Being out on the fells on my own is something I never give a second thought to, but this short section definitely has me looking over my shoulder.

Despite the number of paths running back and forth through the woods, this route does actually follow what could loosely be described as a straight line. Basically, every time you come to a crossroads of paths, go straight over.

Once out on to the open fellside on Irton Fell, views across to the fells on the western side of Wasdale, and out to the coast are stunning.


Photo gallery

Seen from the top of Greathall Gill

Looking across to Illgill Head
 
Taken from Illgill Head

 
 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 12

23rd July 2016
  Lingmell to Whin Rigg 13 mile about 5900 ft
Down in the Dale Bridge - Brackenclose - Lingmell - Limgmell coll - Scafell Pike - Micklerore Ridge - Foxes Tarn Gullt - Foxes Tarn - Scafell - Long Green - Slight Side - Long Gill - Hardrigg Gill - Illgill Head - Whinrigg Tarn - Whin Rigg - nect to Greathall Gill - Lund Bridge - Low Wood - Wasdale Hall - Wastwater
 

2nd June 2016
  Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Wast Water 9.4 mile About 2500 ft
Wast Water - Low Wood - Lund Bridge - Greathall Gill - Whin Rigg - Whinrigg Tarns - Illgill Head - Straigthhead Gill - Brackenclose - Overbeck Bridge - Netherbeck Bridge - Road alongside Wast Water
 

14th March 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 22
  Whin Rigg Tarn (s) 9.4 mile 2500 ft
Wast Water - Low Wood - Lund Bridge - Greathall Gill - Whin Rigg - Whinrigg Tarns - Illgill Head - Straigthhead Gill - Brackenclose - Overbeck Bridge - Netherbeck Bridge - Road alongside Wast Water
 

5th July 2013
  Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Wast Water 9.4 mile 2500 ft
Wast Water - Low Wood - Lund Bridge - Greathall Gill - Whin Rigg - Whinrigg Tarns - Illgill Head - Straigthhead Gill - Brackenclose - Overbeck Bridge - Netherbeck Bridge - Road alongside Wast Water
 

15th September 2011
  Scafell to Whin Rigg and Wast Water 14.4 mile 5000 ft
Brackenclose - Hollow Gill - Hard Rigg - Scafell - Long Green - Slight Side - Long Gill - Hard Rigg Gill - Maiden Castle Cairn - Illgill Head - Whin Rigg Tarn - Whin Rigg - side of Great Hall Gill - Lund Bridge - Low Wood - Wasdale Hall - road back to Brackenclose
 

7th October 2010
  Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Wast Water 9.1 mile 2500 ft
Greendale junction Wast Water - Wasdale Hall - Lund Bridge - side of Greathall Gill - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Straighthead Gill - Brackenclose - Wasdale Road - Greendale junction Wast Water
 

17th October 2009
  Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Eskdale Moor 9.5 mile 2400 ft
Porterthwaite (Miterdale) - Miterdale Forest - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Burnmoor Tarn - Boat How - Brat's Hill - Blea Tarn - Blind Tarn - Siney Tarn - Porterthwaite (Miterdale)
 

29th August 2007
  A walk above Wasdale Screes and into Miterdale Valley 10.2 mile 2880 ft
Eskdale Green - Miterdale Forest - Whin Rigg - Wasdale Screes (above) - Illgill Head - Burnmoor Tarn - Miterdale Head - Eskdale Green
 

2nd May 2007
  It ain't half hot Mum - Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Eskdale Valley 11.3 mile 2867 ft
Eskdale Green - Miterdale - Irton Fell - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Burnmoor Tarn - Boot - Eskdale Valley - Fordge Bridge - Eskdale Green
 

14th July 2006
  A walk from Eskdale Green, above Wast Water screes and through a quiet valley. 9.2 mile 2431 ft
Eskdale Green - Miterdale Forest - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Tongue Moor - Miterdale - Eskdale Green
 

27th May 2005
  The secluded valley of Miterdale - Illgill Head and Whin Rigg rom Eskdale Green. 9.2 mile 2398 ft
Eskdale Green - Miterdale - Illgill Head - Whin Rigg - Miterdale Forest - Eskdale Green
 

9th July 2004
  A walk from Eskdale Green - Two valleys, two fells and one tarn. 11.9 mile 2674 ft
Eskdale Green -Miterdale - Whin Rigg - Whin Rigg Tarn - Illgill Head - Burnmoor Tarn - Burnmoor Lodge - Eskdale Moor - Boot - Church House - Milkingstead - The Green Station - Eskdale Green
 



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