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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 (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, (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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    The Accent of Great Gable 1

    by into-thin-air Updated Dec 27, 2007

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    The Most dramatic mountain in Wasdale and indeed one of the most photographed mountain in the whole of Lakeland is Great gable, The following pages describe the walk to the summit from Wasdale Head, This is the shortest and quickest way up to the 2947 foot summit, Good paths mean that you don’t need any mountaineering skills, But never-the-less it is quite a demanding walk and you should allow at least 5 hours for the return walk from the starting point at the Green at Wasdale Head.
    Make sure that the weather forecast is good before you set off and take a Good map, plenty of warm clothes, food and water and tell someone of your plans so that in the event of you running into trouble that rescue services can be alerted.
    For an up-to-date view of the weather on Great Gable, log onto the link below to view the webcam.

    Great Gable from Wastwater
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    Great Gable & The Front Climbers Traverse 4

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 28, 2007

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    Once on the Front Climbers Traverse path, simply follow it around the front of Great Gable, When you have crossed the scree bed of Great Hells Gate you will notice above you The Sphinx Rock and shortly after this Napes Needle comes into view, Napes Needle is actually before The Sphinx Rock but tucked away to the left so you need to keep an eye looking upwards, especially if it is your intention to “Thread the Needle”
    Once past Napes Needle you need to leave the path and scramble up the gully to get a better view of it, or if you have decided to Thread the Needle it is best done form the Styhead side as the climb up isn’t as steep and the drop back into the gully is more manageable

    Wastwater from the Gully below Napes The Sphinx Rock comes into view Napes Needle from the Gully towards Beck Head Napes Needle from the Gully towards Beck Head
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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 (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 (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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    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 (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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    Great Gable & The Front Climbers Traverse 5

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 28, 2007

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    From the Gully below Napes Needle you have to choices, either you can scramble around to “The Dress Circle” or drop back down to the Front Climbers Traverse path and either continue along to Beck Head or make the easier scramble back up to “The Dress Circle” from around the next corner,
    The views from to “The Dress Circle” are among the Best in Wasdale – Hence the name ;-)
    This is the ideal lunch stop, have a break and take in these awesome Views !!

    The Sphinx Rock The Dress Circle The Sphinx Rock from The Dress Circle Sphinx Rock and Wastwater from The Dress Circle Sphinx Rock and Yewbarrow from The Dress Circle Sphinx Rock and Wastwater from The Dress Circle
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    Great Gable & The Front Climbers Traverse 1

    by into-thin-air Updated Dec 28, 2007

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    Another classic route on Great Gable is the Front Climbers Traverse, This route takes you past Napes Needle (Thread it if you like !!) and The Sphinx Rock, Arguably some of the best views in Wasdale.
    Again check the weather forecast, (You can view the current weather on Great Gable by checking the link below) make sure that you have the right gear, Map and compass, good waterproofs, boots, and food and drink, Again make sure that someone knows your rout, So that the rescue services can be informed in the event of a mishap !!
    The starting point for this walk is the same as The Assent on Great Gable, The Green at Wasdale Head.

    The Sphinx Rock and Wastwater
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    The Accent of Great Gable 3

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 27, 2007

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    Behind Styhead Tarn there is a Mountain Rescue Stretcher Box, the path to the summit T’s off steeply uphill behind this box, it is a good path and is paved most of the way to the summit.
    Don’t forget to keep looking back as the views open up behind you

    Reflections in Styhead Tarn Borrowdale from above the Stretcher Box Wastwater from The Summit Inominate Tarn, Wainright's ashes were scattered Scafell Pike, England���s Highest Mountain
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    Great Gable & The Front Climbers Traverse 2

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 28, 2007

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    The first mile or so of this route is the same as The Assent on Great Gable, Start off from the Green at Wasdale Head, take the lane to the right of the Green, past St Olav’s church and through Burnthwaie farm and follow the good path along the valley bottom, but this time where the path splits you must take the left hand fork up the Scree towards Styehead pass. (Don't turn left off the path at The footbridge at the bottom of Great Gable but keep going straight on)

    The lane passes St Olav���s church The lane leaving the Green at Wasdale Head The good path along the valley bottom The footbridge at the bottom of  Great Gable Great Gable
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    Great Gable & The Front Climbers Traverse 6

    by into-thin-air Written Dec 28, 2007

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    The Dress Circle is The place to get your Classic Photos, If you climb a little above it you get the Best view of Napes Needle, Just make sure you have plenty of film and batteries as it’s a Long way down to get more ;-)

    Napes Needle from The Dress Circle Napes Needle from The Dress Circle Lunch Stop at The Dress Circle Wasdale Head from The Dress Circle Wastwater from The Dress Circle
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