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Name:Illgill Head
Hill number:2454
Height:608.8m / 1997ft
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Esk (Ravenglass), Catchment Boundaries, Irt
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Dewey, Wainwright,
Birkett, Synge, Fellranger, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Dew,W,B,Sy,Fel,Cm)
Grid ref:NY 16898 04924
Summit feature:rock
Drop:314m
Col:295m  NY183055  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89
(1:25k) OL6N
Observations:higher by 0.5m than rock by windshelter at NY16905 05025; rock 30m SW at NY 16874 04908 is 0.04m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
Survey of Illgill Head.pdf
Comments:Wainwright summit is a cairn at NY165048 which is at least 3m lower than true summit
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Round of Scafell Pike, Sca Fell and Illgill Head from Brackenclose. A nice easy sloped short grass hill to contrast with the Scafell screes.Topographer5703/07/2019
Nic & BobNicola & Stuart10/06/2019
165belly28/05/2019
From Whin Rigg. Very easy and with amazing views down to Wast Water - sadly the last views of the day as the rain came in. Onto Middle Fell.James McKnight25/05/2019
2-car linear walk with Jill. From small car park at foot of Irton Pike, Irton Pike, Irton Fell, Whin Rigg, Illgill Head, Burnmoor Tarn, Boat How, Stone Circles (found four in total) Dalegarth Station (at Boot).ijpowell24/05/2019
From Wasdale Head NT car parkrfoster09/05/2019
From NT car park at Wasdale lake head.NormanW09/04/2019
Whin a Rigg and Illgill Head from Eskdale.lenman08/04/2019
Circuit of Whin Rigg, Illgill Head and Scafell from Eskdale Hostel with Kendal FellwalkersMountainhikes23/03/2019
me and our Tom Back to Wasdale via scree pathPaul Beard19/03/2019
Walked up and ridge walked wasdale from SW -> NESteve8112/03/2019
Visited all the various tops to be sure, including the Wainwright summit. The cairn at the true summit in the picture has been destroyed, would have rebuilt if had more time. Re-bagged on circuit of Wastwater. Jacqui and I have now walked around all the big lakes in the National Park. Decided against a low level route to avoid the path at the base of the screes. Started walk at Strands Hotel Nether Wasdale where we are staying a couple of nights, road walking to Brackenclose NT car park then up main path to summit. On to Whin Rigg Irton Fell and back down BW to Nether Wasdale.Hillsidenick24/02/2019
Really good views from Whin Rigg and Illgil Head, looking down into Wasdale. Ended the walk descending past Burnmoor tarn and finishing at the back door of the Woolpack Inn for new years eve.Joel45131/12/2018
With Leestephenhughes27/10/2018
Car park below Irton Pike ascent of Irton Fell and on to Whin Rigg and Illgill Head. Return Burnmoor Tarn and Miterdale, through Miterdale Forest and return to car park.raymooremanx20/10/2018
With J (Twice)GCW11/09/2018
From Nether Wasdaledavidsharpe2329/08/2018
On bikes Nock Clair and Lisawhiteuss04/08/2018
Mountain bikingnocksta04/08/2018
Mountain bikingClairey04/08/2018
From Boot via White Moss and Whin RiggClach Liath14/07/2018
Solo walk from Wasdale Head NT car park - ILLGILL HEAD - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Wainwright 143Nutty14/07/2018
(Walkers with) Torun Mcmoran (Parking/start point) Eskdale Campsite @ Boot - Burnmoor Tarn - Illgill Head - Whin Rigg - Miterdale - White Moss - Boot - Eskdale Campsite.redbob07/05/2018
Parked at the landing area and walked round the west side of the lake - up to Whin Rigg, across to Illgill Head then down to wasdale head campsite and a rewarding cider! 10 miles 5 hoursMozzer06/05/2018
From Wasdale Head car parkCyclistno101/04/2018
with Whin RiggJephcote8326/03/2018
Lunch run from the National trust car park at Wasdale Head... fine sunny albeit cold day. Ground frozen, views magnificent... 999th Marilyn...N.Morters20/03/2018
From Esk View with NUFWAS. With Mark, Hannah, Keith, Clare and Jon.Grinner29/12/2017
with DerekEllie's Hills16/11/2017
Walk with Mark from the National Trust car park at Wasdale up Illgill Head, dropping down to Whin Rigg then down the edge of Miterdale Forest to Low Place and then making our way back over Boat Howe and Burnmoor TarnPhilip A28/09/2017
Whinrigg / Illgill Head / Whinrigg from Nether Wasdale.russell6119/09/2017
From Wasdale Head Inn. Strong cold N wind but mostly sheltered from wind. Heavy showers. Cloud cover above tops.TBR14/09/2017
Ran up from the Wasdale Head Inn up to Lingmell via Goat Crags, Sca Fell Pike via Lingmell Col, Sca Fell Pike via Mickledore & Foxes Tarn, Slight Side, Illgill Head via the plane wrecks & Hardrigg Gill, Whin Rigg then dropped down Greathall Gill then back along Wastwater screes.Stu Percival08/08/2017
Wainwright Walk 29 - Whin Rigg & Illgill HeadKev_F07/08/2017
Visited on a wild camping weekend with jamange and Jaz. Fabulous 360 views from the summit and also nearby down the scree slopes to Wastwater.Simply B06/08/2017
Circular from Wasdale YHA. Whin Rigg via Lund Bridge. Along to Illgill Head dropping down to the NT campsite, returning to the YHA via the road admiring the screes along the way.Butty29/07/2017
With Gail from Wasdale head campsiteDunks29/07/2017
Parked in the Iron Pike car park, Whin Rigg, Illgill Head, Wasdale Head, Wast Water South shore (aptly named The Screes), Irton Fell. A bit of rain and patchy cloud on summits giving limited views. The Screes is a good, fun route, takes a while though.Fell_wanderer27/07/2017
Irton Pike CP. Walked over Irton Fell to Whin Rigg then continued along the ridge to Illgill Head. Retuned the same way.jeffurz120/07/2017
From Wasdale Middle Fell Seat Allen Buckbarrow From Nether Wasdale Whin Rigg Illgill HeadWifey201620/07/2017
Nether Wasdale - Whin Rigg - ILLGILL HEAD - Middle Fell - Nether Wasdaleeviljeff918/07/2017
With Molly. Epic short cut that failed!rattymeister18/07/2017
Wasdale Head NT car park, Illgill Head, Whin Rigg.jonesthesteam09/07/2017
From Wasdale YH over the summits and down to Wasdale Head. No view as the mist refused to lift.Buteobuteo07/07/2017
Wife learned two things. 1)Sometimes I lie for her own good when we are walking. 2)There are things called false summits. Both were soon forgotten when we hit the top of Illgill Head and descended just beyond the drystone wall that stops the sheep falling down the Screes. to get a bit of shade. We hit the top at 3 p.m. and stayed a good hour whilst she rang her sis in the Philippines and I checked in with work. Sad Yes I know. Beautiful view over the lake and our favourite picnic spot. Picked out the essiest paths for Gable and Seatallan and looked at YewBarrow and thought, maybe not. Well not yet. Absolute bonus on descent towards Irton Pike when the Herc came down Wasdale, turned vertical and rounded Irton Pike to continue up Eskdale. Seen both sides of that coin in the past, but not the entire thing. Great day out all round!nukeboy121/05/2017
From Whin Rigg we walked across to Illgill Head. By this point the clouds had come in and made conditions and views tricky. From the Summit we continued on and took the wastwater path along the screes of Illgill and Whin rigg. My word was this a tough trek made harder by the short shower making the rocks very slippy. Glad i've done it. but never again.Scotty 2 Hotty01/04/2017
SRFrank24/10/2016
From National Trust car park & campsite Wastdale Head. Good views. 2hours40rogreeves13/10/2016
Wastwater - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Wasdale Head Farm - Wastwaterdanthwaites22/09/2016
From Church Stile Campsite Nether Wasdale NY 125 043. via. Whin Rigg and return along lakeside screes path.Westdenewalker11/09/2016