The Wasdale Screes Walk

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17.5 km
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868 m
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The Wasdale Screes Walk

The Wasdale Screes Trail is a long and physically demanding walking route that will lead you up to the summit of several fells for some stunning Lake District views. While out on the trail, you will climb to the summit of Whin Rigg and Illgill Head before walking along the length of Wast Water while traversing several rugged scree slopes. Walkers should note that this route is challenging and will require some route finding abilities.

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Route Description for The Wasdale Screes Walk

Walking the Wasdale Screes Trail is a challenging undertaking that is popular with Lake District walkers looking for a rugged and rocky trail with beautiful views over Wast Water. The trail sets out from the car park opposite The Sawmill Wasdale and climbs uphill to the southeast. From here, you will work your way across the summits of Whin Rigg and Illgill Head for some stunning views over the water and surrounding Lake District terrain. After working your way down the hillside, you will turn to the southwest and traverse the most difficult stretch of trail that passes through several scree slopes. To make things even harder, portions of this trail have been damaged by a landslide, making the going even more rough and navigation a real challenge. Even still, this is a fantastic walk if you are up for a bit of route finding.

Getting to the The Wasdale Screes Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Wasdale Screes Trail from The Old Post Office Campsite in Santon Bridge, make your way to the north along the road for 3.1 km and you will find the car park on the left hand side.

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