Saturday, 1 July 2000

Whin Rigg

Whin Rigg and the famous screes
Height: 535m (1,755ft)
Prominence: 58m (190ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Whin Rigg & Illgill Head - 16/06/2013
The summit
What Wainwright said:

"No mountain in Lakeland, not even Great Gable nor Blencathra, can show a grander front than Whin Rigg, modest in elevation. Wastwater Screes is known by many; Whin Rigg is the southern terminus of the shattered ridge above Wast Water."

Whin Rigg, though not the tallest of mountains, does form part of the Lake District's most impressive landscapes, the Wastwater Screes. This rocky waterfall tumbles 450m down from the summit into Wast Water below. The Screes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Another impressive geological feature is Greathall Gill.

The near vertical cliffs of Whin Rigg are split by two large gullys; Great Gully and C Gully, both giving inspiring views of Wast Water when viewed from above. They are, however, inaccessible to walkers for Great Gully alone has 17 vertical pitches in addition to the remains of an aeroplane, a Grumman Avenger to be exact.

The summit proper can be difficult to find as several rocky outcrops all appear to reach a similar height. The reward for finding the top is a fine panorama of Wastwater and the continuing ridge towards Illgill Head.

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