For most people, getting to Wasdale is a journey so epic it may require assistance from grey wizards with staffs. The temptation is strong, having got there, to throw yourself at the big hills around the dalehead, with Scafell Pike standing in for Mount Doom. But the flanking fells are also well worth exploring, with knobbly summits, deep gullies and no fewer than three tarns tucked into their folds. This route takes a clockwise circuit of the Nether Beck drainage basin, with an excellent finish on the rocky escarpment of Red Pike and the upturned boat of Yewbarrow.
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Distance: 11 miles (17.70 km)
Total ascent: 1,411m
Time: 7 – 7:30 hours (Walking)
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SummitsMiddle Fell 582 m
Seatallan 692 m
Haycock 797 m
Little Scoat Fell 841 m
Red Pike (Wasdale) 826 m
Stirrup Crag 616 m
Yewbarrow 628 m
Wastwater shore, NY150054
Mostly easy but some scrambling on Yewbarrow
Stirrup Crag could be a significant obstacle if iced up.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
In summer, please consider using the shuttle bus from Nether Wasdale to reduce congestion.
Wainwright Western Fells
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Sellafield (019467 76510); Seatoller (017687 77294); Egremont (01946 820 693)
by Norman Hadley