Ill Crag (Scafell)

Height: 935 metres / 3067 feet Grid reference: NY 22292 07342

Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from Great Moss

Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from Great Moss

Broad Crag from Ill Crag

Broad Crag from Ill Crag

Looking down on Great Moss from Ill Crag

Looking down on Great Moss from Ill Crag

The Scafells

Start point: Brackenclose (NY 182 074)

Brackenclose – Brown Tongue – Scafell PikeIll CragBroad CragGreat End (and return) – Mickledore – Hollow Stones – Brackenclose

Distance: 7.5 miles     Total Ascent: 1247 metres     Time Taken: 6 hours     Start Time: 06:45

Weather: Sunny above the clouds. 3oC

With the ridge of high pressure sitting over the Lake District and the persistent fog at lower levels there was a very good chance there would be a temperature inversion today which fortunately proved to be correct. I set off early from Brackenclose to try and catch the sunrise from the roof of England and I am glad I did, it was a fantastic morning to have the highest peaks in the land all to myself with some stunning views.

Great End via Skew Gill

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 186 084)

Wasdale Head – Moses Trod – Skew Gill – The Band – Great End Ill Crag Broad Crag Scafell Pike – Lingmell Col – Lingmell – Wasdale Head

Distance: 7.8 miles     Total Ascent: 1115 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 15 minutes

Weather: Sunny spells, warm. 12oC.

Some walks are pretty and some are easier than others but today’s walk is best described as a gnarled and hard going. I climbed Skew Gill to reach Great End and that was a hard scramble (Note: to repeat, Skew Gill is a hard scramble and in no way is it a ‘walk’) and had a look at Cust’s Gully before climbing Great End and walking the Scafell Pikes. It was really quite pleasant at times too, warm and spring like and not too many people about either.

The Scafells

Start point: Brotherilkeld, car park at the bottom of Hardknott Pass (NY 214 011)

Brotherilkeld Farm – Lingcove Bridge – Great Moss – Esk Hause Great End (510) Ill Crag (511) Broad Crag (512) Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – West Wall Traverse – Deep Gill – ScafellSlight 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 Monday morning?