Monday 21st May 2007
park at the bottom of Hardknott Pass
(NY 214 011)
Brotherilkeld Farm - Lingcove Bridge - Great Moss -
Esk Hause -
Great End (510)
Scafell Pike -
Mickledore - Lord's Rake - West Wall Traverse - Deep Gill -
Slight Side - Catcove Beck - Brotherilkeld Farm
Distance: 12.5 miles
Total Ascent: 1295 metres
Time Taken: 6 hours
Weather: Sunshine. 18oC.
The sun finally shone today for this personal
favourite walk to the Scafells from Brotherilkeld via Upper
Eskdale and Great Moss. Conditions were almost perfect with
the warm temperature and a light breeze and hardly a soul
about apart from the usual congestion on Scafell Pike
summit. I didn't take Angus today as this sort of walk is too tough for him
now, but Casper came and managed to take it all in his
stride. I hope you enjoy today's photographic journey as
much as I enjoyed being there - what better place to be on a
Bow Fell above Brotherilkeld Farm.
Looking back along the walk to Upper Eskdale.
Following the River Esk with Bow Fell still looming
Lots of falls and cool, clear pools on the Esk.
Looking back along Eskdale from Throstle Garth,
Lingcove Bridge is lower left.
The Scafells come into view climbing the gorge of the
Scafell and Slight Side, the Esk still in the
Scafell Pike and Ill Crag.
Casper has a rest before the walk along Great Moss.
Scafell Pike and Ill Crag across Great Moss.
Great Moss - the route from here is below Pen on the
left and climbing to the depression of Esk Hause ahead.
Scafell Pike from Great Moss.
Cam Spout in the foreground of Scafell.
Looking back to the Scafells above Great Moss.
Up onto Esk Hause there seemed to be more clouds to
the north, here looking over to Allen Crags.
Skiddaw and Derwent Water from Esk Hause.
The northern fells from the climb to Great End.
Skiddaw and Derwent Water from the summit of Great
End. I had intended 'saving' Great End until I finished my round of the
Birketts, but what the heck, it was too nice to miss the view today.
Pillar and Great Gable from Great End.
Scafell Pike ahead.
Looking down on Great Moss and the route used in
ascent from Ill Crag.
Broad Crag from Ill Crag.
Casper on Broad Crag.
No mistaking the route to the summit of Scafell Pike
from here, looks like it is busy up there as well.
Looking over Styhead Tarn to Derwent Water and Skiddaw
from the summit of Scafell Pike, the highest point in England.
The route to Mickledore with Lord's Rake shown to the
Pulpit Rock from the path to Lord's Rake.
Climbing Lord's Rake, a steep scree filled gully.
The fallen rock - still there balancing at the top of
Looking back down Lord's Rake from the start of the
West Wall Traverse. The entrance to the West Wall Traverse to the right
of this photo is very
eroded now, much worse than I remember it.
The view from the first section of the West Wall
Traverse. The West Wall Traverse is a gently inclined high level path
joining Lord's Rake and Deep Gill.
Looking back to Lord's Rake. The large boulder is at
the top of the first section, the fallen boulder is resting across the
top of Lord's Rake to the lower left.
Climbing Deep Gill - it was
cold and damp in here and it looks as though some of the large boulders
are recent falls.
Looking back down Deep Gill.
Deep Gill from the top.
Looking over Wast Water to the west coast from the
summit of Scafell.
The Mosedale fells from Scafell.
Casper summits Scafell.
Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags from Slight Side.
Looking back to Slight Side from Cat Crag.
Border End and Hard Knott across Eskdale.
Hard Knott from Taw House farm.
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