Slight Side

Height: 762 metres / 2500 feet Grid reference: NY 20969 05028 Category: The Southern Fells

Scafell and Slight Side, the River Esk in the foreground

Scafell and Slight Side, the River Esk in the foreground

The Scafells from Slight Side

The Scafells from Slight Side

Slight Side from Cat Crag

Slight Side from Cat Crag

Sunset on Slight Side and Scafell across Eskdale

Sunset on Slight Side and Scafell across Eskdale

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

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.

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: 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

Brotherilkeld Farm – Lingcove Bridge – Great Moss – Esk Hause – Great End (179) – Ill Crag – Broad Crag – Scafell Pike– Foxes Tarn – Scafell – Slight Side (180) – Catcove Beck – Brotherilkeld Farm

A clear start with mist coming in as the day progressed. The highest tops were enveloped in cloud with intermittent snow.