Great End

Great End

Southern Lake District

Route: Great End

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 22nd April 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.0 miles

Weather: Sun and blue skies. Very warm. Hazy long distance views

Since starting this site in 2013 it’s been my aim to include a link to all the 214 lakeland fells as classified by Alfred Wainwright, and today there was only one obstacle to that ambition – Great End. This fell is the fifth highest in the district and ranks above better known Great Gable, Bowfell and Pillar but seems to be overlooked – probably because anyone making the effort to come this way would go on to nearby Scafell Pike, the highest point in the land

I drove over to Borrowdale and set off from Seathwaite on a glorious morning. I followed the path up the valley and along Grains Gill as far as Esk Hause. It was a long haul but quite easy going. At the hause I turned off to walk up the slopes of Great End – it’s an odd feature of the mountain that its fearful appearance from the approach turns out to be such a straightforward ascent

After a few moments of reflection on the summit I retraced my steps for a while, then headed past Sprinkling Tarn to Sty Head and back to the start along Styhead Beck. What a Great End it had been to a 2 year journey

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