Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike

Southern Lake District

Route: Scafell Pike and Lingmell

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 19th June 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.4 miles

Ascent; 2,900 feet

I parked at Brackenclose just before Wasdale Head and followed the path up beside Lingmell Gill. I’d made an early start and thought I’d be ahead of the pack, but there were numerous youngsters already back down, having started the walk at 4.30 am as part of the 3 Peaks Challenge – good on them

The going was relatively easy, until I turned off the main path to head up to Mickledore, a more attractive but also more strenuous route. To gain the ridge I had to scramble up a steep scree slope – at times it was a case of two steps up, one step down

Eventually I made it up to the roof of England and as I did so, the clouds disappeared, and were gradually replaced by blue skies and sun

I then made the easy descent to Lingmell Col and the equally easy ascent of Lingmell. By now it had become a glorious day. The descent of Lingmell was dangerous, but only because the view ahead was so stunning it was hard to concentrate on where I was putting my feet

There were clear views back up to Scafell Pike, which had been obscured by the earlier indifferent weather, and I felt privileged to have been up there in such conditions – it had been a red letter day

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