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Kirk Fell

Kirk Fell



Grid Reference: NY 19498 10485
Height: 802 metres/2631 feet

"Great Gable dominates the scene but does not rob the view of detail, which is well distributed over all sectors. The Scafells look magnificent."
A Wainwright

Kirk Fell towers high above Wasdale Head, in fact the village of Wasdale Head sits at the foot of the slopes of Kirk Fell and not it's more famous neighbours. The broad, twin summited plateau of Kirk Fell offers a wonderful 360° view of the surrounding mountains and a particularly good view over the neighbouring Great Gable.

The steep grassy slopes above Wasdale Head are in stark contrast to the rocky outcrops facing the head of the Ennerdale Valley where Boat How Crags make an impressive view.

The mountain can be climbed direct from Wasdale Head but ascent via the cols on either side make easier and more popular routes. From Beck Head, between Kirk Fell and Great Gable an easy walk leads to the summit of Kirk Fell, but from Black Sail Pass, on the Pillar side of Kirk Fell it takes a rough scramble to reach the summit.

A fine traverse route across the northern slopes joins Black Sail Pass and Beck Head.

  1. Great Gable from Wasdale Head

    Great Gable from Wasdale Head

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
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    One of the shorter routes to the high summits of the Lake District but steep and rough underfoot at times

    Distance: 10km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 1100m / 3600ft
    Duration: 5 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Wasdale and Wastwater from near the Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable

    Great Gable from Honister Pass

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A shorter walk but steep and rough underfoot at times, wonderful scenery throughout

    Distance: 9km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 680m / 2200ft
    Duration: 5-6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Yewbarrow from Nether Beck

    The Wasdale Horseshoe

    £30.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A very long day above the Wasdale Valley covering some of the most iconic summits in England

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 2800m / 9200ft
    Duration: 14 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. The Ennerdale Valley

    The Ennerdale Horseshoe

    £30.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    One of the longest day walks in the Lake District, but a wonderful rewarding day in beautiful mountains

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. The Ennerdale Valley from Green Gable

    A Weekend at Black Sail

    £120.00

    Difficulty:
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    Two days of hard walking over rough ground with a night at the most remote Youth Hotel in England

    Distance: 37km / 23 miles
    Ascent: 2600m / 8500ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  6. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge

    £299.00

    Difficulty:
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    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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