Kirk Fell

Kirk Fell

Western Lake District

Route: Kirk Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 14th March 2015

Walkers: Andrew and James

Distance: 5.6 miles

Weather: Mixture of bright spells and overcast. Very cold on tops

Our son James was keen to tick off another Wainwright and Kirk Fell would make it 200 out of 214. There’s no easy way up this fell and having been up twice before via Black Sail Pass I decided that we’d take the direct route for a change, straight up the nose of the fell

We parked at Wasdale Head and within a few minutes started the slog up the relentlessly steep slope. It’s a real test of stamina and far longer than it seems from below. The reward for the effort was that the views back over Wasdale were tremendous, and I hope that the photos that follow will convey the beauty and drama of the scenery

Near the summit, the grassy steps end and the path deteriorates into loose scree – a mixture of adrenalin and appropriately named Rocky Road chocolate bars propelled us to the summit

The snow on the top was deep in places and it was bitterly cold so we didn’t linger long and quickly started the descent down Rib End – quite steep but not difficult. We then joined Moses Trod which took us back to the start

It had been a fantastic day on the fells, tiring but well worth all the huffing and puffing, and one of those red letter days that will linger long in the memory

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