Southern Lake District

Route: Scafell and Slight Side

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 29th October 2014

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.5 miles

Ascent: 3,200 feet

Weather: Sun and blue skies, very cold on tops

In May 2004, 10 years ago, my local football team Hull City beat Yeovil Town to gain promotion from Divison Three. I heard this joyful news as I descended Scafell having completed my first round of the Wainwrights – all 214 Lakeland Fells

10 years later Hull City are in the Premiership and Gilly and I are setting off to climb Scafell again in order to complete my second round

The signs were good as we arrived in Wasdale – sun and blue skies and hardly a breath of wind. We parked in the National Trust car park at Brackenclose and after a short distance (and some dithering, as the path shown on the OS map was inaccessible) we headed up the slopes of Green How towards Scafell. The ascent was pathless at times and quite steep but nowhere difficult. As we approached Scafell the going became rockier as befits such a mountain but before long we were at the top. It was too cold up there to celebrate and, after taking a few photos, we left the summit and descended to Slight Side via Long Green

The descent from Slight Side via Broad Tongue was pathless for the most part and very juicy as we approached Burnmoor Tarn. From the tarn we made our way back to the start and as we did so the setting sun cast a glorious light over Wasdale, making this last part of the walk absolutely magical

It was a golden end to a golden day

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