|Walk:||Cinderdale Bridge, Irton Fell, Whin Rigg, Illgill Head, Fence Wood & Wasdale Head|
|Start Point:||Cinderdale Bridge||Grid Ref:||NY 128 038|
|Distance:||8 miles||Ascent:||2,200 feet|
|Weather:||Breezy on the ridge and a couple of short hail showers. Some sunny spells|
Marie, Andrea, Gill & Shep, led by me
|Comments:||Left one car at Wasdale Head and drove to Cinderdale Bridge in the other car so that we could do a linear walk. A warmer day than the previous ones with no snow on the ridge. A gradual walk up onto the ridge with some good views across to Yewbarrow and surrounding fells. The route down could be made shorter by crossing Straighthead Gill by the wall and taking the more direct path. Added interest to the walk when a helicopter circled round then landed nearby - didn't see any celebrities getting in or out though! Got some good views of the screes and 'Britain's Best View' on the way back to the starting point.|
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The clouds are just touching the summit of Great Gable as we drive along the side of Wast Water
Not much to photograph until we arrive at Whin Rigg . . .
where Andrea and Gill try to get Shep in on the picture
The gully between Broad Crag and Bell Crag provides a view of Wast Water and the youth hostel
Then it's on to Illgill Head which we can just see in the distance
Time for a quick view to the West . . .
as Andrea makes good time along the path . . .
closely followed by Gill
Kirk Fell looms over Wasdale Head
Yewbarrow doesn't look too big from here but it is an interesting climb
Shep claims first spot on Illgill Head . . .
but disappears when I arrive there . . .
but he is happy to pose with Gill And Andrea
Earlier we saw a helicopter hovering over a distant fell - wonder if this is the same one
Kirk Fell and Great Gable
Who's that crossing over MY bridge?
Wast Water from Bracken Close
Another helicopter appears as we head for Wasdale head . . .
and circles round . . .
a couple of times . . .
providing good views . . .
from all angles . . .
before finding somewhere to land . . .
which it seems to to in slow motion . . .
and if you look carefully . . .
you can see someone kneeling inside . . .
before it gets ready to take off . . .
with more photo opportunities . . .
before heading off to its next destination
Excitement over, we enjoy the peace at Wasdale Bridge . . .
Now for the iconic view of Great Gable with Yewbarrow on the left
Zooming in on Yewbarrow . . .
before we find another spot to take Britain's favourite view
The colours in the screes are really impressive . . .
but zooming in on them . . .
it takes three shots . . .
to get them all in . . .
before finding another opportunity to take a last look across the water
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