August 22nd 2011 -
The second walk of this trip was to take in England's highest peak, Scafell Pike. We started out early for this 11 mile round trip from the roadside near to Seathwaite Farm, initially following the upper reaches of the River Derwent in a southerly direction towards the iconic Stockley Bridge. At Stockley Bridge there was a choice of paths to take, left for Grains Gill and the tourist route, or straight on for Styhead Gill and the Corridor Route. We headed up the western flank of Seathwaite Fell climbing steeply now on our way to Styhead Tarn and the beginning of the exhilarating Corridor Route. What a treat was in for us at Styhead, the tarn with the backdrop of Great End and the Scafell range with the huge scar of Piers Gill in the distance. Time for a tea break after the never ending uphill since Stockley Bridge, then we set off to find
the Corridor or Guides route. This route is definitely recommended for an ascent of Scafell Pike or Lingmell it has everything you would want from a lakeland walk and would be my first choice in either direction over the tourist route. There was one small climb down a 15ft sheer face with a big drop on the other side of the path below but apart from that nothing else to be concerned about. In fact it was over to quickly with just the long steep drag up the northern slopes of the Pike between us and the summit. There was an endless procession of people walking up from Wasdale now after our quiet peaceful walk along the Corridor route, but it was great talking to people along the path, all with there story to tell including one 10 year old girl attempting the summit with her father after recovering from heart bypass surgery, Inspirational !!! and yes she made it.
Lunch was had on the summit and then we set off on the return leg via Broad Crag and Esk Hause calling in at the beautiful tranquil Sprinkling Tarn set on the summit plateau of Seathwaite Fell with brilliant views of Great End and Great Gable. We sat here for an hour taking in the quietness with only a handful of people passing by.
It was all downhill from here back to the car about 3 miles of it, what a great day.
1 Wainwright completed - Total so far 9
Scafell Pike - 978 mts.
Scafell Pike from Broad Crag