Esk Pike

Esk Pike

South Western Lake District

Route: Esk Pike

Area: South Western Lake District

Date of walk: 25th March 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.3 miles

Weather: Mixed cloud and bright spells, icy on tops

We parked along the lane leading into Seathwaite. There are plenty of roadside spaces but many were already taken, probably by walkers bound for the magnet that is Scafell Pike

We walked through the farmyard and started the long ascent to Esk Hause along the side of Grains Gill, crossing the gill at Stockley Bridge. The awesome sight of the north face of Great End was ahead of us as we climbed up the easy path

When we reached Esk Hause it seemed that the summit of Esk Pike was only a short distance away but appearances can be deceptive and it took longer than anticipated to reach the summit of the fell. The views were tremendous

We retraced our steps to Esk Hause, treading carefully as the path was icy in places, and then walked below the crags of Great End to the crossroads that is Sty Head. From there it was a long but easy walk back to the start

It was a fantastic walk amid some of lakeland’s most dramatic scenery

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