Name:Illgill Head
Hill number:2454
Height:608.8m / 1997ft
SMC/RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
Topographical area:EL03 Scafell-illgill
Catchment:Esk (Ravenglass), Catchment Boundaries, Irt
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Dewey, Wainwright,
Birkett, Synge, Fellranger, Clem
Grid ref:NY 16898 04924
Summit feature:rock
Col:296.6m  NY 1829 0555  
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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Wasdale Screes Walk. Stayed in Eskdale Green with Simon after IOG Easter Trip.dancingqueen10104/04/2024
4th hill of 7 on a 19km circuit continuing from Whinn Rig. Weather closing in. Views of Great Gable very impressive. So glad to have Grid ref programmed in as finding the true summit would be difficult. I would like to revisit on a good weather day. Descent East towards Burnmoor Tarn and intercepting footpath continuing to Boat How....Dazingdale16/03/2024
From Burnmoor Lodge then onwards to Whin Rigg before returning to the Lodge by contouring down the slopes below Illgill Head. Great views but extremely windy making swift progress impossible.KevPalmer17/10/2023
Car park at Miterdale Forest. Up through forest to Whin Rigg, then on to Illgill Head. Down to Burnmoor Tarn and level walk back to car park following River Mite most of the way. 4 hours in totalStevebrownie15/10/2023
Parked up at National Trust Car Park, then we headed up to Illgill Head, it was a beautiful day.GrantRSA12/10/2023
A repeat for my 4th Wainwright Round: Illgill Head and Whin Rigg there and back along the lovely ridge from Wasdale NT Car Park. 12km with 790m ascent in 3h 40m.silverwolf_alan25/08/2023
Climbed with Alex from Eskdale via Whin Rigg and then back via Burnmoor Tarn and MiterdaleMrD07/08/2023
From Miterdale Forest. 15 km, 730 m asc. NE to Low Place and up the Brat's Hill Stone Circles and Boat How. Over Burnmoor Tarn outflow to join the path to Illgill Head and Whin Rigg. Over Irton Fell and rough going to Great Bank (30 mins to do the 150 m distance to the top and back) Back s by Miterdale Forest. Goldcrest flock. Peacock, Comma and Red Admiral.
From Miterdale Forest CP 13.5 km, 660m asc Across the Mite and over Tongue Moor. When above Burnmoor Tarn take the path to Illgilll Head, Whin Rigg and Iton Fell summits. Back by the Miterdale Forest bridle way Wet, claggy and boggy all day!matty1971b01/08/2023
After Whin Rigg descent and return via Miterdalebenarbia no 321/07/2023
Parked at NT Wasdale Head. SIMMS on Nuttall 5.1 plus Illgill Head. Lingmell > Great End > Ill Crag > Broad Crag > Scafell Pike > (via Lord's Rake) Scafell > Illgill HeadPeter_W_Mitchell 15/06/2023
Solo from Wasdale NT car park. On to whin Rigg. Returned same route. Warm and sunny with very good visibility.mike.hoult07/06/2023
With Joe from Whinn Riggdombenson29/05/2023
From NT car park at top of Wastwater. Illgill Head, Whin Rigg, back to Illgill head then down to Maiden Castle and a out and back trudge up Slight Side then return to cp. Hot day, very dry underfoot which aided the ascent of Slight Side.Longwojo29/05/2023
Wainwright Walk 56: Spider (Illgill Head & Whin Rigg)DavidHiner01/04/2023
Parked on shore pull in for high level circuit of Wast Water. Lovely sunny day.Argentum6613/02/2023
With Wayne. Proper clear day views for miles in every directionKenny Morris05/02/2023
Quick solo walk across Whin Rigg and Illgill Head after late start. Dry weather but bitter windWinter Round27/01/2023
From Wasdale NT CP. Boot deep powder snow. Bitter cold N wind.Isbjorn18/01/2023
From below Irton Pike - via Whin Rigg.AJF19/11/2022
surprisingly good view of wasdale valley and the seageorgecaren30/10/2022
6 of 6 starting in cinderdale car park. As whin rigg. Didnít stick around long. Terrible weather. Followed the path back along east water on the screes. Which were quite difficult in parts. Wainwright no. 86. Marilyn no. 66The-Z-Man18/08/2022
RRPTH Surprise trip via Ratty Richard Tait09/08/2022
Walked with Dad and Jennifer.AJScourfield07/08/2022
Summit with rocky outcrops ,climbed in very windy weatherfreethehilltops25/07/2022
Dalegarth Station, down road to path over to Miterdale. Up path through woods to Irton Fell. Then over Whin Rigg and up to Illgill Head. Down to Burnmoor Tarn and back over Boat How and past stone circles. 32 degrees centigrade back at Dalegarth, possibly a record for here !Flatfield18/07/2022
With Carl, liz and the boys. From Wasdale Head, had to be picked up due to feeling ill, COVID +. 7.8 miles & 2191 ft elevation.nell158314/07/2022
SMM with PennyMandyBaldam03/07/2022
Seat How, Bleatarn Hill, Illgill Head, Whin Rigg, Buckbarrow, Glade Howkeithouk03/06/2022
Whin Rigg & Illgill Head from Mitredale Forest and back via Burnmoor TarnMountainTerrier21/05/2022
With Jo and erniestuduncan03/04/2022
With RobLynfa Penygarn20/03/2022
From overnight at the Wasdale Head Inn back to Ennerdale via Illgill Head, Whin Rigg, Glade How, Seatallan, High Pikehow, Haycock, Tewit How and Lingmell. 10hr solo. Perfectly clear blue skies.Fionalevey06/03/2022
From Miterdale Forest CP 13.5 km, 660m asc Across the Mite and up by Low Place and Bakersteads, keeping left at Miterdale Head and over Tongue Moor. When above Burnmoor Tarn take the path SW to Illgilll Head, Whin Rigg and Iton Fell summits. Back by the Miterdale Forest bridle way. Bright, cold and breezy.
Eskdale Green - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head - Eskdale - Muncaster Felltwg2710/12/2021
From YHA - Lund Bridge - Whin Rigg - Illgill Head and then the party split to go to either Wasdale Head or YHA. With all the family.Ham and Skate10/10/2021
with Tony W, circuit with Miterdale HardenC14/09/2021
Circular walk from Dalegarth Campsite with the kids. Gorgeous day with views for miles.thecoopers01/09/2021
Miterdale > Illgill Head > Whin Rigg > Irton Fell > Miterdale. Just me and N. Day started promisingly but deteriorated on the way up Illgill Head as the clag and rain rolled in. Underfoot conditions filthy at times. Not a walk to live long in the memory.johnkaysleftleg19/08/2021
walked with Dave W, weather poor.jonsutterby7114/08/2021
Wainwright 195LANGDALE20/07/2021
Steady climb from Wasdale Head.philip_firth18/07/2021
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Cold, windy and too many false starts from childhood terrors of Dr Who but managed to find the small cairn and head downward to Nether Wasdale keeping an eye for the phantom cows. Only their spoor was detected.PhilipChaston10/06/2021
Whin Rigg & Illgill Head from Nether Wasdalesms.3705/06/2021
Across The Screes with Jayne Whitaker from Wast Water on my 55th Birthday. Sunny day with a stiff breeze on top. 10.62m in 6hr:36m with 2hr:17m stopped time.pwhitaker_196619/05/2021
From Nether Wasdale. Latterbarrow, Great Bank, Irton Fell & Whin Rigg first. Back to Whin Rigg along the path atop of the screes. Great photos. Steep descent by Great Hall Gill. With Alfie. W110 Rnd6.Dangerous Dave25/04/2021
with FayJamesJolly07/04/2021