is a mountain pass
in the English Lake District
, in the county of Cumbria
. It is at an altitude of 1,600 feet and there is a small tarn
) near its summit. The pass is at the head of Wasdale
, which contains the lake Wastwater
and it passes between the mountains of Great Gable
and Scafell Pike
(the latter is England's highest mountain).
The path from Wasdale was an old packhorse trail. At the highest point is the confluence of paths from Wasdale, Eskdale, Borrowdale and Great Langdale.
Sty Head also forms an important navigational and safety point between Great Gable and Scafell Pike, with the placement of the Mountain rescues stretcher box at the head of the tarn.