Scafell Pike

Start point: Brackenclose (NY 182 074)

Brackenclose – Brown Tongue – Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – Scafell – Green How – Brackenclose

Distance: 7.5 miles     Total Ascent: 1140 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 06:45

Clear above cloud                 
Temperature      2 ℃ 
Felt like        2 ℃
Wind Speed       0.9 mi/h
Wind Direction   SSE

Conditions looked favourable for an inversion again today so I took the leap of faith and set off in the dark heading for Scafell Pike to get the best chance of seeing a sunrise over the inversion. Of course you never quite know – will it, won’t it? Climbing higher and through the clouds is a magical moment; witnessing the sunrise in such a place is a truly jaw dropping and inspiring moment; a great day to be on the fells.

Scafell Pike

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 186 084)

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

Distance: 8.3 miles     Total Ascent: 1280 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Cold with lots of heavy snow showers. 4oC.

Today we had a walk up to the Scafells – I had intended to climb Great End via Skew Gill and did indeed scramble up 80% of the way but it became apparent that there was no way to climb out due to the sheet ice covering the sides so I reversed that section and ended up climbing via The Band. I’ll save Skew Gill for a dry summer’s day! It was still a good walk even with the frequent snow showers backed with strong winds that made the going tough at times. Back to full blown winter gear again…

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Scafell Pike

Height: 978 metres / 3209 feet Grid reference: NY 21548 07223 Category: The Southern Fells

Scafell Pike is the highest fell in England. On the eastern face of Scafell Pike is a subsidiary summit named Pen.

Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from Great Moss

Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from Great Moss

Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike

A panoramic view to the north-west from Scafell Pike

A panoramic view to the north-west from Scafell Pike

Scafell and Scafell Pike from Bow Fell

Scafell and Scafell Pike from Bow Fell

The Scafell range from Harter Fell

The Scafell range from Harter Fell

Scafell Pike from Harter Fell

Scafell Pike from Harter Fell

Pen

Height 762 metres/2500 feet     Grid Reference NY 22155 06742

Pen is a subsidiary summit to Scafell Pike overlooking the Esk Valley to the south east of the main summit.

The River Esk and Great Moss below Pen with a nice temperature inversion to the south.

The River Esk and Great Moss below Pen with a nice temperature inversion to the south.

Scafell Pike via Pen

Start Point: Jubilee Bridge (NY 213 011)

Brotherilkeld Farm – Lingcove Bridge – Great Moss – PenScafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – ScafellSlight Side – Catcove Beck – Brotherilkeld Farm

Distance: 10 miles     Total Ascent: 1178 metres     Time Taken: 7 hours     Start Time: 10:50

Weather: Murky, 16°C

I had a full day available today so I wanted to do a good long walk – I did think the weather would turn out better than it did but it was still good to be out and walking in mist has its own merits of complete solitude, even on the popular fells such as this.

Scafell Pike via Pen

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.

Scafell Pike

Start point: Brackenclose (NY 182 074)

Brackenclose – Lingmell – Lingmell Col – Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – West Wall Traverse – Symonds Knott – Scafell – Green How – Brackenclose

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 1162 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 08:00

Weather: Clear with a cold wind. 3°C

Cold and clear was the forecast and that was spot on today. This is a relatively short distance mileage wise but the time taken tells how difficult the going was at times. The wind made it hard and the deep snow in Deep Gill made it even harder.

Note: Ice axe and crampons were required for this climb. Lord’s Rake, The West Wall Traverse and Deep Gill are difficult and not for the unwary.

Scafell Pike

Start point: Brackenclose (NY 182 074)

Brackenclose – Lingmell – Lingmell Col – Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Hollow Stones – Brown Tongue – Brackenclose

Distance: 5.8 miles     Total Ascent: 1061 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Clear, 7oC

I was drawn back to Wasdale today by the almost irresistible force of the high fells and more great winter walking weather. The views from the top of Scafell Pike were stunning this morning and yet again there wasn’t a soul about. We took a slightly unusual route of descent as explained later…

Scafell Pike

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

Brotherilkeld Farm – Lingcove Bridge – Great Moss – Little Narrowcove – Broad Crag col Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – West Wall Traverse – Deep Gill – Symonds Knott – Scafell Slight Side – Catcove Beck – Brotherilkeld Farm

Distance: 10.4 miles     Total Ascent: 1140 metres    Time Taken: 5 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Sunny, breezy on the tops. 21C.

I fancied a bit of a scramble today so I headed for the Scafells from Eskdale in beautiful weather to do just that. The Little Narrowcove route is a steep one but straightforward and Lord’s Rake and Deep Gill were as good as ever. I was out early today so there were not so many people around; Casper did manage to get spotted on the descent from Slight Side though, and it is always a pleasure to bump into StridingEdge followers up on the fells.

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.

Scafell Pike

Start point: Hardknott Pass (NY 231 014)

Hardknott Pass – Hard Knott – Lingcove Beck – Scar Lathing – Great Moss – Pen – Scafell Pike – Broadcrag Tarn – Cam Spout – Great Moss – Lingcove Beck – Hard KnottHardknott Pass

Distance: 9.3 miles     Total Ascent: 1240 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Overcast. 17ºC.

The weather certainly didn’t turn out as I expected with it being rather grey and I didn’t really know which route I would take until I did it. I must say it took longer than I thought and it was pretty arduous going at times over boggy ground coupled with a steep ascent and descent. It was still enjoyable though – this is my favourite area of all.

Scafell Pike

Start point: Brackenclose (NY 182 074)

Brackenclose – Lingmell – Lingmell Col – Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – Green How – Brackenclose

Distance: 5.8 miles     Total Ascent: 1030 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Snow, some bright spells. 5ºC.

Where better to experience winter conditions than the roof of England, Scafell Pike. I set off early today to beat the Bank Holiday crowds, in fact so early that I didn’t see anyone! The snow made the going tough at times with the snow often being knee deep and sometimes deeper than that. I also took in Lord’s Rake, a difficult prospect at any time of year and even more so in the snow. Warning: if you are going to attempt a similar walk in these conditions, you need to be adequately prepared and have the correct equipment to enable you to do it safely.

Scafell Pike

Start point: Brackenclose (NY 182 074)

Brackenclose – Lingmell – Lingmell Col – Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – West Wall Traverse – Scafell – Green How – Brackenclose

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 1162 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Cold and clear. 5oC.

It was predicted to be clear today and I wasn’t disappointed when I went up to Scafell Pike, it was a complete contrast to yesterday’s rain. The climb to Lingmell straight up the nose is a steep one and it was really cold on this section as the sun was hidden behind Scafell for much of the ascent. The climb to Scafell Pike was bitterly cold too, being in shade until I reached the upper parts. The top was icy with little clumps of snow around but in glorious sunshine. The only fell I could see with a decent dusting of snow was Helvellyn to the east. I climbed to Scafell via Lord’s Rake and the West Wall Traverse before the steep drop down back into Wasdale. A superb days walking; conditions don’t come much clearer than this.

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?

Scafell Pike

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 187 086)

Wasdale Head – Piers Gill – LingmellScafell Pike – Foxes Tarn – Scafell Lord’s Rake – Wasdale Head

Distance: 9 miles     Total Ascent: 1200 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Warm and hazy. 21ºC.

It was another warm day today, the sun was beating down and all was still. This is an interesting round to reach the well known highest peaks in the country, ascending alongside Piers Gill and descending down Lord’s Rake. This route manages to avoid the inevitable crowds and apart from Scafell Pike itself, where there were dozens of people, we were alone for virtually all of the route. Casper is getting there now; he seems to be getting used to climbing the rockier sections after being taught a thing or two by Angus on this walk.

Scafell Pike

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

Brotherilkeld Farm – Lingcove Bridge – Great Moss – Little Narrowcove – Pen  (448) Scafell Pike – Mickledore – Lord’s Rake – West Wall Traverse – ScafellSlight Side (449) – Catcove Beck – Brotherilkeld Farm

Distance: 12.2 miles     Total Ascent: 1327 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Very cold at valley level -4°C. Once into the sunshine it was just like a summer’s day – shirt sleeves all the way!

The weather turned out even better than I was expecting today – I thought it would be clear, but it was unbelievably so and very warm with a temperature inversion to boot! I have been ‘saving’ this walk for a while which includes a steep scramble up to Pen, a subsidiary summit of Scafell Pike, and the scrambles of Lord’s Rake and the West Wall Traverse. It is for this reason that the walk had to be Angus-less; he would never have managed it today. As it turned out, it was one of the most memorable days I have ever had in the fells – one to remember. I make no apologies for the number of photos included in today’s walk – there could have been lots more, it was so hard to weed them out. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Scafell Pike

Start point: Wasdale Head (NY 187 086)

Wasdale Head – Piers Gill – Lingmell (179) Scafell Pike (180) – Lord’s Rake – Scafell (181) – Wasdale Head

Weather: A grey day. Very cold wind on the tops.

Today’s walk is an ascent to the roof of England with a climb to Lingmell via Piers Gill and an ascent of Scafell via Lord’s Rake. Both of these routes require a certain amount of scrambling and Lord’s Rake is at present considered unsafe due to the large, loose boulder lying in wait to crash down at the top of the first section. There are warning signs in place at the bottom to warn of this – any ascent using Lord’s Rake is at your own risk…