Wasdale Pike summit

The summit of Wasdale Pike

Summits: There are four summits in the chapter:  Wasdale Pike (1852’), Great Yarlside (1986’), Little Yarlside (1691’) and Whatshaw Common (1593’). The chapter appears on pages 248-253 of volume 8 in detail. There is also a kind of introduction to it on page Grey Crag 6 of volume 2; the latter three summits, at least, are depicted on one of the lines of ascent to Grey Crag.

Date bagged: 11th March 2014 (walk 80).

Bagged as number: 242-245 of the 330. [ << Caermote Hill (240-241)  (246-247) Howes >> ]

Wall heading up to Little Yalrside

The wall heading up from Wasdale Mouth to Little Yarlside.

Route of ascent and descent:  Came up to Wasdale Pike from Wet Sleddale, a route described in the Wet Sleddale Horseshoe chapter (page 247). This is a pretty filthy climb however, wet and sludgy. Followed the ridge round to Great Yarlside, then down to the A6, basically following Wainwright’s route in reverse, before going down to the Shap Wells hotel.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 249 of volume 8): “Wasdale and Wasdale Head are magical names to all Lakeland fellwalkers — not many of whom, however, know that they are repeated within the National Park on the eastern fringe of the region. The names are the same, the scenery different. In the Wasdale of Shap Fells are no high mountains, but only rolling hills of gentle gradient; no cliffs of naked rock except for a granite quarry, not a scree-run in sight, no challenging tracks and no excitement. Here is featureless desolation, and solitude, and silence…. Easy walking country, but lonely.”

Whatshaw Common

Whatshaw Common, seen from the Crookdale fells (picture taken on walk 102).

What I say: My visit to the Wasdale Horseshoe was notable for its exceptionally good weather, a truly glorious spring day. Without this added factor it is hard to say how I would have found it, because even with the good weather it had lots of tedious stretches and not a lot obviously going for it. There were not even any views to speak of, though Great Yarlside has a reasonable vista of the Howgills and distant Pennines. But then again it’s all better than being stuck in an office isn’t it.

At 1986’ Great Yarlside is the second highest of all the Outlying Fells, only Walna Scar being higher. Whatshaw Common, while offering nothing in particular on the ground, may be the easternmost Wainwright: it seems to be a tie with High House Bank in the Crookdale Horseshoe chapter.

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One Response to “The Wasdale Horseshoe”

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