Kirk Fell

Kirk Fell

Western Lake District

Route: Kirk Fell

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 24th May 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.6 miles

Ascent: 3,500 feet

I parked at Wasdale Head but it was pouring with rain and blowing a gale. The weather forecast indicated better weather later on so I decided to wait in the car and see if conditions improved

They did – temporarily – so off I went along the path leading up to Black Sail Pass. It’s a gentle ascent but sudden showers and gusting winds (and a hailstorm at one point) made it harder. It was cold and I had full winter gear on even though it’s almost June – the Scafells had a covering of snow in places!

At the top of the pass I veered off to climb up Kirkfell Crags to the summit. I must have missed the main path, since I found myself in a steep gully, but once committed to the route it was hard to turn back. A mistake, as the going got worse. It turned into a proper scramble up through loose rock with few handholds. Luckily the howling wind was blowing in my direction of travel and propelled me up the steep slope, along with large dose of adrenalin

The view from the top made it all worthwhile and having savoured it for a while I descended via Rib End (quite steep but a picnic after the ascent). There were glorious views of Wast Water all the way down and I was glad to have persevered. A grand adventure!

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