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    The Accent of Great Gable 2

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 27, 2007

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    From the Green at Wasdale Head, follow the lane passed Saint Olav’s Church (Said to be the smallest church in England) up to Burnthwaite farm, then follow the track towards Sty Head pass, the better route up follows the river and Not up the scree slope to the left, cross the river (Sty Head Beck) where Piers Ghyll flows in and make your way up the zigzag path that will bring you out at Sty Head tarn.

    Looking back into Wasdale Head from Styhead Pass Crossing Sty Head Beck Piers Ghyll and Lingmell Path up Styhead Pass with Piers Ghyll in the backg Styhead Tarn
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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike, (1)

    by into-thin-air Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    The route that I am about to describe here isn't the shortest walk in but in my opinion it is the most Beautiful, Also as it involves a good days walking and is approximately an 18 mile round trip, Therefore it isn't overly popular, You will be walking alone for much or the route and will have a Real Wilderness Experience.

    First, Park your car in one of the car parks at the end of Taw House Lane, This is in the Eskadle valley not far from the foot of HardKnott Pass.
    Walk down Taw House lane as far as the farm, bear left in the farm yard and head for Scales Bridge

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

    Taw House Lane, Heading for the Upper Esk Valley
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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike (8)

    by into-thin-air Written Oct 22, 2006

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    From Brotherillkeld Farm, follow the lane down to the main road at the bottom of Hardknott Pass, turn right here and you then have about one mile to walk back to your car.

    AS THIS WALK IS APPROXIMATELY 18 MILES YOU WILL NEED AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT, As you can see by my final photo on this tip we cut it a little fine and the sun set as we walked along the road back to the car DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF UNDER-ESTIMATING THE TIME YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THIS WALK AND DEFINITELY DON'T BE ON THE MOUNTAIN AFTER THE SUN SETS !!!!!!!

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike (7)

    by into-thin-air Written Oct 22, 2006

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    My chosen route back down was to head from the summit cairn down to Mickledoor, Turn Left here and follow the path down to Cam Spout and the upper Esk. (We chose this route to make a figure of eight walk and to get back to the car) The path is fairly good and if you loose it just follow the Beck back down, keeping it on your right until you get back to the Esk, You cross the path that you came in on, cross the Esk and keeping it on your right, follow it down, Eventually to Brotherillkelk farm

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

    Looking back on Scawfell Pike from The Upper Esk
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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike (6)

    by into-thin-air Written Oct 22, 2006

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    After taking in the views from the top of Broad Crag Coll, turn left and follow the path up onto the top of Scawfell Pike, You are Now standing on top of England's Highest Mountain, 3210 feet. IF you are Lucky you will be rewarded with excellent views of Wastewater and All the surrounding Fells

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

    Top of Scawfell Pike,
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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike (5)

    by into-thin-air Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    The Views from the top of Broad Crag Coll are Awesome -- Straight ahead of you is Great Gable (Remembrance day service on the summit on Rememberence Sunday), with Sty Head Tarn, Then looking left is Kirk Fell, Then The Mosedale Horseshoe, and on a good day a real panorama of the central fells

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

    Views from the top of Broad Crag Coll
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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike (4)

    by into-thin-air Written Oct 22, 2006

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    Before you reach the top of Broad Crag Coll, The Beck swings left, Here you Don't follow the Beck but head more or less straight up to the top of the Coll, There is a path but you loose it from time to time in the scree, Don't worry if you do loose the path, just head for the top of the Coll, it is a bit loose but as long as you are careful you shouldn't have a problem

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

    Sid approaching the top of Broad Crag Coll
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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike (3)

    by into-thin-air Written Oct 22, 2006

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    From the Samson Stones you have a choice of route, I am going to describe the less popular one as If you go this way you won't come across many other people and therefore continue your Wilderness Experience.
    Pass Cam Spout on your left hand side and continue up the upper Esk valley with the river Esk on your right side, Just before you come to Little Narrow Cove Beck coming in on your left turn left and follow the Beck steeply up, There is a footpath but the beginning of this path is difficult to find, so If like me you miss it then just follow the Beck it's self up, keeping on the left hand side and you will eventually intersect the path. soon you will se in front of you Broad Crag Coll and this is where you are heading for.

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

    The Upper Esk from Samson Stones
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    Walk to the Top of Scawfell Pike (2)

    by into-thin-air Written Oct 22, 2006

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    After crossing Scales Bridge and admiring the waterfalls pictured, turn left and head uphill, fairly steeply at first but don't worry as the path soon levels off as you head into the wilderness of the upper Esk valley.
    You will be able to see Scawfell on your left with the long ridge knows as "Slightside" continue on the footpath dropping slightly into the valley floor at "Samson Stones"

    D0 NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE IN BAD WEATHER, ALWAYS BE PREPARED WITH A GOOD MAP, APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, FOOD, WATER AND LET SOMEONE RELIABLE KNOW YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE

    Scale Force
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    Not much public transport

    by VickiJ Written Apr 20, 2006

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    The main towns of West Cumbria have a bus and train service. Typically these run up and down the West Coast from Carlisle to Barrow. Once you get off the beaten track public transport is a little hard to come by. I would say that if you were travelling to and around cumbria having your own method of transport would be useful - i.e car. Although if you are only coming to hike about then getting around shouldn't be a problem! (",)

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