Walk : Scafell Pike (3,210 ft) from Brackenclos

Date : 19th September 2015

Weather : Cloudy, dry @ 14C


Distance : 7 miles round trip

Time Taken : 2 hours 10 mins to summit


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




The Brown Tongue route from the National Trust car park at Brackenclose offers nothing in the way of navigational challenge (you just follow the crowds)

however the physical challenge of climbing to the highest point in England is something that every Lakeland walker does not decline


At the main car park and camp site just before the start of the walk and the massive bulk of Kirk Fell dominates the landscape



Brighter skies towards Scafell Crag and the route up Brown Tongue



The usual route from the NT Campsite car park follows the path that runs parallel with Lingmell Gill



Lingmell Gill in full flow as things start to get a little steeper



Crossing the Gill to follow the path up to Hollow Stones



A low cloud base descends over Hollow Stones



Further up the track and this woman (part of a fell race today) was absolutely flying down over the boulders



A bit of decorative Cairn building as the mist becomes even thicker



By far the best way to go up Scafell Pike if you can find a willing volunteer !



After reaching Lingmell Col the track turns right and heads upwards very steeply



After 30 minutes or so of a strenuous slog A vision appears !!



The last stage of the climb over a boulder highway



The summit cairn memorial plaque for Lakelands war dead



The summit was heaving as usual as the mist closes in and hides all the views



Then all of a sudden the mist lifts momentarily and Great Gable comes in to view (just about)



Looking North to Styhead Tarn and Derwent Water in the far distance



Looking South across Mickledore to Scafell



Looking East towards Crinkle Crags and Bowfell



Close up of Bowfell



Me on the summit of Scafell Pike



And then 20 minutes later !!!



The summit Trig Point just slightly away from the summit cairn. Click here for a 360 degree view https://youtu.be/cklu2493MTc



Derwent Water / Keswick and the Skiddaw Massif



The Mosedale Horseshoe



I stayed on the summit for the best part of two hours during which the mist cleared to leave some fantastic views



On the way back down now before the light fades



The Lords Rake path up to Scafell from near Hollow Stones



A shimmering Wast Water from the path back down



Nearly back down now just as Kirk Fell becomes shrouded in mist



Going going ..gone



Night time falls as I leave Wasdale



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