YHA hopping in The Lake District - YHA Wasdale Hall to YHA Eskdale

The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. Funny how they were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 5 Wainwrights, 4 tarns and 1 pub.

Technical sheet
No. 2950516
A Wasdale walk posted on 03/02/20 by El Sud. Update : 30/04/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 11h20[?]
Distance Distance : 21.6km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1806m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1806m
Highest point Highest point : 964m
Lowest point Lowest point : 69m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Wasdale
Starting point Starting point : N 54.42861° / W 3.319906°
Arrival Arrival : N 54.398805° / W 3.241267°
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Description

(D) Walk down to the lake from YHA Wasdale Hall and turn right, going back over the route from the previous day. You also decide to walk around Low Wood or skip over the slight rise to reach Lund Bridge a bit quicker. Make your way up to the track that comes from Easthwaite Farm, keeping to the edge of the field. Depending on how you've crossed the field, turn left or right to find the path that leads up Greathall Gill. Keep left of the stream and gradually climb the slope until you reach the top path. Here, turn left to climb up to the cairn on Whin Rigg (Wainwright at 537m).

(1) From the top of Whin Rigg the path follows the edge of The Screes with some stunning views over Wast Water towards Middle Fell, Seatallan, Haycock, Red Pike and round to Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell and Great Gable. Take care not to get too close in bad weather and head for the cairn on the top of Illgill Head (Wainwright at 609m). From here, the path descends steeply to the junction of four paths, near the ruins of Maiden Castle. Take the second path that bears right and then drops down gently to Burnmoor Tarn at its head, where you should find the Bulatt Bridge.

(2) Before you reach Bulatt Bridge, the route leads off sharp left to cross the plateau before climbing up Hard Rigg, keeping Hardrigg Gill to the right. Follow the gully round to the right climbing all the time, passing a sheepfold (on the left) and up to the cairn and shelter at Sca Fell (Wainwright at 964m).

(3) The route now heads north-east to Symonds Knott then turns sharp right to head south-east and a steep climb up to Foxes Tarn. Here, the path turns north-east again until we get to a junction. Turn sharp left to head almost due north over Broad Stand and up to Mickledore. Here, turn right, heading north-east to scramble up over the rocks to the summit of Scafell Pike (Wainwright at 978m) - the highest mountain in England.

(4) Once you have rested, eaten something and drunk some water, unless the day is unusually clear and calm, you'll want to get moving pretty sharpish. The route returns to Sca Fell via Foxes Tarn but then heads south-south-east along the ridge to Long Green. Keep on the ridge, now heading due south to Slight Side (Wainwright at 762m). To avoid Horn Crag, the route shifts south-west then south again. The path leads off to the right, avoiding the path that heads down to Catcove Beck. Head south-west towards Whinscales, gradually descending to Stony Tarn. Keep heading south-west to reach Eel Tarn, cutting round the southern end and picking up the path that heads south towards Eskdale valley. At a fork in the path bear left to descend through a wood to come out at the back of the Woolpack Inn. After a celebratory drink, turn left along the road and at Bleabeck Bridge turn left to reach YHA Eskdale(A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 84m - YHA Wasdale Hall
1 : km 2.86 - alt. 526m - Whin Rigg
2 : km 7.93 - alt. 255m - Bulatt Bridge
3 : km 10.87 - alt. 944m - Sca Fell
4 : km 12.53 - alt. 964m - Scafell Pike
A : km 21.6 - alt. 86m - YHA Eskdale

Useful Information

If the weather is bad, cross Bulatt Bridge and head straight for Eskdale. There's no point climbing the mountains if you can't enjoy it and get at least a glimpse of the fells and lakes around. There are some great things to do and see in Eskdale if you have some extra time.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

If you are aware of your surroundings and don't make a lot of noise, there are plenty of wild animals and birds to be spotted on this route. If the weather is kind to you, the views from start to finish are spectacular but watch where you put your feet and don't go too close to the edge.

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