Whin Rigg & Illgill Head walk from Miterdale

Thursday 13th October 2022

Whin Rigg & Illgill Head walk from Miterdale.

There's something special about Miterdale for me - I think it's just the serenity and gentle beauty of the area before heading up to the dramatic wide ridge and spectacular views that the walk between Whin Rigg and Illgill Head have to offer. I always enjoy setting off from Miterdale, even though it is one of the longest drives to the district for me, it's always worth it. The gradual climb through the forest and onto Irton Fell and then that relatively easy walk along the top of the Wasdale Screes where the terrain is completely different to what you would expect when looking up from the Wasdale lakeside road.

Today I chose to limit the walk to just the Wasdale Screes fells (Whin Rigg & Illgill Head) before heading down to Burnmoor Tarn and then back to the car following the River Mite and enjoying the very quiet Miterdale.

Often, I would include Scafell & Slight Side into this walk (as you can see in other blogs), but that does make it into a 'hard' walk and I wanted to take today at a slightly slower pace and limit it to a more popular circular walk. The result being - a great day out enjoyed in lovely warm autumn sunshine. I'll be visiting again soon for sure.

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Distance: 10.6 miles
Duration: 5:15 hours
Ascent: 2707 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Accompanied By: On my Own
Weather: Dry & Sunny

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3D outline of route