When you look at climbing mountains inevitably you will look to the highest and want to climb it. Scafell Pike is that such a mountain in England. This route was out from Seathwaite Farm and up to Styhead Tarn and then via the Corridor Route to the summit and back over the boulder field to Great End and down Grains Gill to Seathwaite. A fantastic 10 miles!
|Start – Seathwaite Farm
|Route – Seathwaite Farm – Stockley Bridge – Styhead Tarn – Corridor Route – Lingmell Col – Scafell Pike – Broad Crag – Great End – Esk Hause – Grains Gill – Stockley Bridge – Seathwaite Farm
|Distance – 10 miles Start time – 9.00am Time taken – 8hrs Highest Point – Scafell Pike 978m
|Weather – Drizzly to Styhead Tarn, then cloud lifted as we ascended. Sunny all the way back.
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Starting out at Seathwaite Farm
Stockley Bridge with Grains Gill, our return route, ahead
Looking back to Seathwaite Farm…
…and again from higher up the path to Styhead.
Styhead Tarn from near the start of the Corridor Route
Cloud swirling around Great Gable
Cloud lifts to reveal Styhead Tarn behind us as we negotiate the Corridor Route.
Sun at last in Wasdale, Piers Gill is the ravine on the left
Sunnier weather ahead as we climb to Lingmell Col
Lunch stop with a view back to Styhead Tarn from the Corridor Route.
Sunshine lights up Styhead from the path up to Scafell Pike summit
The summit in sight
Scafell from Scafell Pike
Usian Bolt, Olympics 2012, don’t ask!! Scafell Pike summit
My brother in law decided that fresh socks are needed for the descent. It also helped clear the summit for a while!!!
From Broad Crag Col the view down to Lingmell and the top of Piers Gill, with Kirk Fell behind.
Moonscape of the boulder field. Looking back at Scafell Pike
Great Gable on the right and Kirk Fell centre, with Pillar behind.
Great End summit looking down to Derwent Water and Seathwaite
Over Allen Crags to the distant Helvellyn range.
Moody looking Harter Fell with the Duddon estuary just visible beyond.
Heading for Esk Hause with the Langdale Pikes catching the sun.
Grains Gill, our descent route
Descending Grains Gill with Derwent Water and Skiddaw in the distance.
Back at Stockley Bridge and a much needed head dunk to cool off!! What a brilliant walk to the summit of England