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Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 5:26 pm
by Lancashire Lad
Thanks Nelly.

Here's another walk I did a few weeks ago: -

Monday 14th May was forecast to be more-or-less sunny all day, so I decided on a another trip to the lake District for a walk up Scafell Pike and Scafell from Wasdale Head.

Setting off from the National Trust car-park at Wasdale Campsite, I walked beside Lingmell Gill up the Brown Tongue route to Hollow Stones, and then onwards to Lingmell Col, before turning south easterly for the final few hundred feet of ascent to Scafell Pike summit.

From there, I descended to Mickledore, and then took the steep and not so well known faint track that skirts the foot of Scafell’s main crags, directly down to the bottom of Lord’s Rake.

Lord’s Rake was loose, slippy, and hard going. – Very much the same awkward scree slope that it was thirty or more years ago when I last climbed it! – But nevertheless, incredibly enjoyable for the views to be had, both looking directly up and back down it, and looking out over the valleys from the tops of each of its sections. – You just don’t get a sense of the scale of things in that area from photos.

Incredibly, (or not – as it happens all too frequently in the Lake District), although there had been more or less wall-to-wall sunshine so far, some extensive banks of mist began to arrive as I made my way up the final section of Lord’s Rake. – Taking the edge off any possibility of getting good scenic photos for the next couple of hours or so.

At the top of Lord’s Rake, it was a simple plod up the last few hundred feet to Scafell’s summit plateau, passing by Symonds Knott and then across to the head of the West Wall Traverse for a look down into Deep Gill – where a group of climbers were enjoying themselves on its almost vertical walls.

A short back-track past Symonds Knott, and up the final few feet to Scafell summit, where I stopped for lunch, and had a lengthy wait around, hoping that the patchy mist would clear!

It began to finally clear after about an hour and a half, so, from Scafell summit, I decided to head down Kettle Cove, towards the Burnmoor Tarn area. Which, depending on time, and my energy levels, would then give me the option of going up over Illgill Head and Whin Rigg, or taking the old corpse road back to Wasdale. Unfortunately, an untimely slip on a loose boulder not long after leaving the Scafell’s summit left me with a slight but niggling knee injury for the rest of the walk that ended any thoughts of my doing Illgill Head etc. – So back down the old corpse road it was!


GPX Track of the route walked: -
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Walk Elevation Profile: -
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And some photos from the day. (Described in list form below, to ensure correct alignment of thumbnail images).

Photo 01 – Wastwater from the Brown Tongue area of the path from Wasdale, heading towards Scafell Pike: -
Photo 02 – The crags of Scafell, as seen from Hollow Stones area on the approach to Lingmell Col: -
Photo 03 – Great Gable and Styhead Tarn, with Skiddaw and Blencathra on the horizon. (From flanks of Scafell Pike): -
Photo 04 – Great Gable etc., from beside Scafell Pike’s summit triangulation pillar: -
Photo 05 – Scafell’s crags, with Lord’s Rake just right of centre: -
Photo 06 – A “zoomed-in” shot of Lord’s Rake, from the approach to Mickledore: -
Photo 07 – Looking back down the first section of Lord’s rake, with Scafell Pike facing: -
Photo 08 – Looking back towards the first section of Lord’s Rake, & Scafell Pike beyond: -
Photo 09 – A minute later, and the view back to Scafell Pike and Lord’s Rake first section becomes enveloped in mist: -
Photo 10 – Yewbarrow as seen from beside Fence Wood, on the Old Corpse Road: -
Photo 11 – Looking up to Scafell Pike from the old corpse road, on the approach to Brackenclose: -
Photo 12 – The Scafells, from Lingmell Gill bridge. (Just behind the National Trust carpark at Wasdale): -

If you would like to see more photos from this walk, see: - ... ?f=2&t=580

Re: Perfect Morning - (Revisited!)

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:08 pm
by Lancashire Lad
Thursday, 24th May was forecast to be a fine sunny day, so I made another trip to the Lake District with the idea of walking the Fairfield Horseshoe. - I'd previously been up most of the fells involved, but had never made a point of doing the actual Horseshoe.

Making an early start, I parked the car in the Lake Road carpark at Ambleside, at about 7:30am, and was pleased to discover that (at that particular carpark) a trial "Earlybird Offer" was in place, meaning that anyone arriving before 9am could park all day for just £1.00 - bargain!!!! (NB: that offer runs until end of June, so just a few weeks to go for anyone who might want to take advantage of it).

From the carpark, I made my way through Ambleside's almost deserted early morning streets, to Nook End Farm and Low Sweden Bridge, where the fell-walk proper would begin.
A few paces beyond Low Sweden Bridge brings you out onto the open fellside, where the ridge-line path follows a drystone wall all the way up the fells to Dove Crag.

I added a little extra to the walk by doing a there & back detour across to the cairn on High Bakestones. This is off the line of the main horseshoe path, but for the little extra effort involved, offers some fine views over to the eastern fells.

Navigation on some of these tops visited can be problematical in bad weather. E.g., once on Fairfield’s summit plateau, there are several cairned paths on the expansive flat top, so map & compass skills can be needed to ensure that you are heading in your correct chosen direction. However, on a fine day you’d really have to be trying to get lost. (Although, some people still do :shock: :roll: ).

Quite a long walk at over thirteen miles, so not to be underestimated, but with plenty of stunning views along the way.


GPX Track of the route walked: -
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Walk Elevation Profile: -
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And some photos from the day. (Described in list form below, to ensure correct alignment of thumbnail images).

Photo 01 – Looking back to Ambleside, from High Sweden Coppice area: -
Photo 02 – Looking up to Sweden Crag (left), and Brock Crags (right of centre): -
Photo 03 – The drystone wall that follows the ridgeline. – With Low Pike and High Pike prominent on the horizon: -
Photo 04 – Looking towards Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes from High Bakestones: -
Photo 05 – Looking north-east, to Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes. – From Dove Crag summit plateau: -
Photo 06 – Hutaple Crag and Deepdale, from the flanks of Fairfield: -
Photo 07 – Cofa Pike and St, Sunday Crag – from the flanks of Fairfield: -
Photo 08 – Great Gable and Fleetwith Pike, (from Fairfield), seen across Seat Sandal, Steel Fell, Glaramara, etc.: -
Photo 09 – Looking back to Rydal Head from the ridgeline path towards Heron Pike: -
Photo 10 – A zoomed-in close up of Bowfell and the Scafell’s, with the Langdale Pikes in front. (From ridgeline approach to Heron Pike): -
Photo 11 – Looking down to Grasmere: -
Photo 12 – Looking down to the final part of the walk. – The view back to Ambleside and Windermere, (with part of Rydal Water at right hand side), as seen from Nab Scar: -

If you would like to see a more extensive description, and lots more photos from this walk, see: - ... ?f=2&t=585