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Black Sail Pass & Beck Head from Wasdale Head
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Photo from the walk - Black Sail Pass & Beck Head from Wasdale Head

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Western Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km

Ascent - 2145 feet / 650 metres

Time - 4 hours 50 minutes

Grade - moderate

This Lake District walks starts from Wasdale Head and crosses Black Sail Pass into Ennerdale before using the col at Beck Head to return to Wasdale. This a fairly demanding circuit offering some excellent mountain scenery despite the route not containing any summits. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description).

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Walk 1126
The Mosedale Horseshoe from Wasdale Head
Grade - hard
Length - 11.5 miles / 18.7 km
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Scafell from Wasdale Head
Grade - hard
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Walk 2800
The Scafells via Piers Gill
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Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Walk 2900
Pillar (by the High Level Path) from Wasdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Walk 2718
The Scafells from Wasdale Head
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km

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Yewbarrow from Wasdale
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Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Walk 2341
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A circuit of Nether Beck and Over Beck from Wasdale
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Length - 11.3 miles / 18.3 km
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Netherbeck Horseshoe - Middle Fell, Steeple & Red Pike
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Length - 12.5 miles / 20.3 km
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Buckbarrow, Seatallan & Middle Fell
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Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km
Walk 1236
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Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
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Base Brown & Great Gable from Seathwaite
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Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
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Green Gable & Gillercomb Horseshoe from Seathwaite
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Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
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Great End & Glaramara from Seathwaite
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 7.7 miles / 12.5 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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