Wasdale Screes

Screes Incident Locations

Screes Incident Locations over the last 7 years

The Wasdale Screes are an area of unstable, loose boulders on the far (east) bank of Wast Water, underneath Illgill Head and Whin Rigg. GR NY 144 038 to NY165 058.

Walking around Wast Water can be a pleasant outing for those prepared for the screes but there have been many incidents in this area for those who under-estimated the difficulties.

Most of the incidents relate to people and often dogs that get stuck in the boulder field at the southern end of the lake, underneath Whin Rigg, around Grid Ref NY 153 046. This is due to the size of the boulders and distance between them that can require jumping or other athletic moves to make progress. The dogs tend to be big ones, such as Alsatians. We assume the smaller ones get carried ? There is a faint path through this section marked by some small cairns and wear on the rock however it can be hard to follow unless you know what you are looking for. It remains fairly close to the lake shore, within around 50m but does undulate through this section. Many people have lost the path and ended up trying to climb up before getting stuck in loose ground. As there is no solid ground in this area rescues generally consist of getting people to walk down again, on a ‘dog lead’ rope is this helps their confidence.

Preparing to transfer the casualty to the boat

Transferring a casualty from the screes into our boat

Some people on encountering the boulder field try to outflank it above. There is no safe route up here ! The higher you go the more difficult it tends to get, both for them and us.

More unusual, but serious are a smaller number of rescues where people have tried to take a short cut from around the summit of Whin Rigg down towards the lake. They then get stuck in the crags and gullies in this area where rescue is a major undertaking. The safe route is to continue along the path towards Great Hall Gill (NY 146 028) and then either descend the path here, steep but a lot safer or continue on towards Irton Fell.

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Our Callout Archive: Wasdale Screes

Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sun 10th Sep 2017 – Callout 75 in 2017

We were called by Police about a walker and their friend who were struggling to descend due to aggravating a pre-existing injury. The two made their way down as far as they could but were then stopped by the Greta Gill crossing at the bottom of the Piers Gill path which was in spate and …

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Lingmell Beck – Sat 9th Sep 2017 – Callout 74 in 2017

Team called this afternoon for a walker who had injured their leg when it got trapped between rocks whilst on the ‘Old Styhead Path’ just beyond the intake wall. The injury was assessed on scene by the team doctor, splinted then the walker was carried to the ambulance at Burnthwaite. The wheel underneath the stretcher …

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Eskdale – Sun 3rd Sep 2017 – Callout 73 in 2017 (limited)

We were called by Police about a walker reporting himself stuck whilst descending awkward ground above Hardknott Pass in Eskdale. The team went to search in the area suggested but could not find the walker, who subsequently phoned in to say he had managed to get himself off the fell and was now back at …

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Wastwater – Fri 1st Sep 2017 – Callout 72 in 2017

The team were contacted due to concern for a swimmer last seen 3 hours previously after setting off to swim the length of the Wastwater from the Wasdale Head end. As the team was assembling at base with the intention of launching the RHIB, the swimmer was fortunately confirmed safe and well having got out …

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Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike – Wed 30th Aug 2017 – Callout 71 in 2017

We were called by NWAS about a walker who had broken their leg whilst descending the lower section of the Brown Tongue path on Scafell Pike, below the intake wall. After assessment it was determine they had probably sustained a spiral fracture of the Tibia and Fibula. Pain relief was given on scene, the limb …

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Upper Eskdale – Tue 29th Aug 2017 – Callout 70 in 2017

Just as we were returning to the vehicles from the Cam Spout job a further call came in for a walker reporting himself wet through after fording a stream and having an ankle injury, located on the Esk Hause path at the top of upper Eskdale. In view of the location and the number of …

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Cam Spout, Scafell – Tue 29th Aug 2017 – Callout 69 in 2017

We were called by Police about a lady who had fallen on the steep section of path descending the base of Cam Spout and sustained a head injury. Our colleagues in the Duddon & Furness Team were contacted by NWAS about the same job at the same time. NWAS also despatched the North West Air …

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Muncaster Fell – Sun 27th Aug 2017 – Callout 68 in 2017 (limited)

We were called by Police about a group of 4 walkers reporting themselves lost on Muncaster Fell. Using sarloc their position was established and then a small team diverted from the way back from the previous incident and helped walk them off the hill.

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Lingcove Bridge, Upper Eskdale – Sun 27th Aug 2017 – Callout 67 in 2017

A walker sustained an ankle injury whilst walking near Lingcove Bridge in Eskdale. The injury was assessed by the Team Doctor before being splinted and then they were taken by stretcher to the waiting ambulance.

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Scafell Pike – Sat 26th Aug 2017 – Callout 66 in 2017

A walker fell at the summit of Scafell Pike and sustained a head & knee injury. Initially there was some concern regarding the walkers condition and the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick attended and ferried team members up the hill. Once on scene the casualty was assessed by the team doctor and it was determined he …

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