So me and my friend have been getting back into walking/rambling, recently we climbed up a few smaller mountains and hills in Cumbria and Yorkshire such as the trip I wrote a blog about up the Red Screes in the Eastern Fells. Between us we thought it’d be a good idea to tackle a more challenging climb, so naturally we looked at Scafell Pike with it being fairly close by to our homes, a mere 3 hour drive from Bradford.
This shot shows the view of the Southern Fells pretty well from the road heading in towards Wasdale.
The day we chose was quite a warm one but with plenty of cloud cover to offer a bit of respite from the sun. The route I followed was from this useful website Scafell Pike – The Complete Guide to England’s Highest Peak, the route I opted for was the one starting in Wasdale Head which then links onto the main path, from there on it’s relatively easy to find your way up.
Below is where the path from Wasdale Head links up to the main path as you look back down towards Wast Water.
At this waterfall section you cross over the river and head up the cobbled path, I found the surface of the paths to be a problem at some stages. They are very uneven and sharp so it’s best to wear some sturdy boots and visualise your steps when you get to the trickier parts further up where the rocks are broken and loose.
I took this panorama using my iPhone just before we got to the summit, it gives a great feeling of the vastness of the mountain ranges in the Lake District.
These are the views from the summit, as we got near the summit it started to cloud over some more but it helped bring the temperature down making it a lot easier to finish the last mile of the climb.
I really enjoyed the climb, it was quite a hard one at certain points along the way, particularly near the hollow stones and as you approach the summit where the rocks are loose. I think the most challenging part was actually the descent, it really took it out of my knees because of the uneven path surfaces, but I would certainly do it again!
I’ve mapped out the route below if anyone reading this fancies giving it a go, overall it was just short of 6 miles in total.
Whenever I’m up in the Lake District I’ll always try grab some photos down by Lake Windermere, so here is a bonus shot during the Golden Hour.