Wasdale Head - Easter 2018
Saturday 31 March
|The Day Setting Off Burnmoor Tarn Descent Our Evening Please Read Me|
Today, Easter Saturday, was extremely windy, as forecast. There would also be poor visibility on and around the higher peaks. It was definitely a day for staying low. While some did a valley walk in Ennerdale, three of us decided to explore the way from Wasdale Head to Booth in Eskdale. The OS® map indicated the "Bulatt Bridge" across the Whillan Beck which is fed by Burnmoor Tarn. Unfortunately, we found that the bridge is no more. Crossing the remaining slippery stumps of the bridge in a cold 40 mph wind was too risky, but we had a good work out anyway.
The first stage of the walk takes us past the National Trust Scafell Car Park and Camp Site. We have nice views over Wast Water as we ascend through the wooded landscape. There is not too much in the way of gales at the moment. This will come later!
The weather becomes very windy as we reach the wide open swampy expanse of Burnmoor. We reach a height of about 287 m. The gale force conditions and the swampy terrain make for an interesting experience. This was our Saturday workout. On the way we see people go up, then turn back from, Illgill Head - too windy!
On our descent we reach the woods once more and stop for some piccies, almost as in celebration that the raging moorland gale had abated. We stop off at the shop in the National Trust car park and camp site. Then we take the footpath behind our hotel, which we reach via the slender packhorse bridge over the Mosedale Beck.
For the evening, Malcolm reserved the wood panelled special hotel dining room for our exclusive use. This ensured that we could sit together despite the Easter crowds in the busy main restaurant. A convivial time was had by all!