Whin Rigg Walk

The Walk


1 Wainwright completed - 69 in total.

Whin Rigg - 535 metres.

The last day of our week long family stay in Eskdale. We decided on a short drive over to Miterdale for the ascent of Whin Rigg. Just four of us today with some heading to Bowness to visit the Beatrice Potter Museum and others heading home early. 

Myself, Lorna, Steve and Reece parked up below Irton Pike for the five mile out and back. The first half mile took a steady ascent along a rocky track skirting the southern flanks of Irton Pike through a conifer plantation before bursting out onto the open fellside. So far the going had been good but after heavy rain the previous night the going was about to change into rather boggy across Irton Fell ridge.This lasted for about a mile with slow progress made until just before Greathall Gill and the final approaches of Whin Rigg. Here the terrain changed, it was more mountain than moor and the great chasm of Greathall Gill added to that feeling. Just the final push now to attain the summit with misty views into Nether Wasdale from the summit shelter which it turned out was quite a distance from the actual summit obviously to take in the great views from the cliff edge.

The summit was about 200 metres south of the shelter and quite misty and this would not clear until we were halfway back.

Another nice walk and probably the last for a few years with my family all in attendance, perhaps they will join me on my final "Wainwright"