3rd June 2011

Lingmell, Piers Gill and Wasdale Head


Walk Overview
Time 11.55 to 16.20
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with On my own
Overbeck Bridge - Brackenclose - Lingmell Gill - Lingmell - Lingmell Col - Piers Gill - Lingmell Beck - Buenthwaite - Wasdale Head - Overbeck Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Overbeck Bridge, Wasdale

Although this is a reasonably sized car park, this is a very popular area and during the summer months it fills up pretty quickly. Yewbarrow rises high above this car park so for those with a liking for steep, challenging fells this is the ideal spot.

Parking is free.


Route Map

Yewbarrow taken just after setting off from the car park at Overbeck Bridge.
Why did he park there for a walk up Lingmell you might be asking. Well, with the amount of traffic driving through the valley, I thought it prudent to try and park at the first place I reached within realistic walking distance of where I really wanted to be. I got the only empty space left here and Brackenclose was full. So, it turned out to be a good move after all. Besides that, the walk in at the start and back out at the end is quite nice anyway.

From left to right you have Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable, taken from the bridge at Brackenclose.

Looking back to Wast Water.

I don't mind admitting it was a tough walk up here today. According to the local weather forecast when I got home, today was the hottest day of the year (so far). In reality it wasn't exactly what we like to call "a scorcher", but because they're so few and far between we just don't get the chance to get used to the heat. Apart from that, I don't think I'd drank enough this morning so it's partly my own fault.

I forgot to say how steep it is.

A close up of Wasdale Head.

and not so close up. This time showing Mosedale and its surrounding fells, Pillar, Red Pike and part of Yewbarrow.

Approaching the summit? Not quite, this is the false summit to beat them all.

That's the real summit over there.

Broad Crag and Scafell Pike, taken from the same place as the previous picture.

Lingmell summit, in front of or rather to the left of Pillar and Kirk Fell.

Styhead Tarn and Borrowdale.

I had three options in mind for getting back down to Wasdale today. First of all there was Lingmell Gill, which would be a bit too busy to be honest, then there was the Corridor Route and finally Piers Gill. In the end I went for the Piers Gill route. It's been years since I was on this path so it was nice to have a revisit.
This is the top of the gill and you can just make out the path on the right hand side.


Needless to say, this isn't somewhere to stand during a howling gale.

Mmmm, I'd forgot how rocky this bit is. It's definitely easier going up than down.

Lingmell above the lower section of Piers Gill.


The steepness eases now as I make my way towards Lingmell Beck, , , just to clarify, this side of the fell is Lingmell Beck, the other side of the fell is Lingmell Gill. Both of these end up in Wast Water, but not at the same point.

This is one of the many small waterfalls I passed on route down to the valley.

A view back up Lingmell Beck.

and a view looking ahead.

This is much warmer and much drier than it was a couple of weeks ago when I was here for an evening walk up to Sty Head.

Great Gable behind Burnthwaite Farm.

Looking across the fields to Wasdale Head and Pillar.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

Well, that was a great afternoon out, even thought the heat made the walk feel harder than it should have been. Now all I need to do is go home and get properly rehydrated.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks