Walk : Slight Side (2,499 ft) & Scafell (3,162 ft) from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

Date : 30th June 2021

Weather : Initially cloudy then hot sunshine, high humidity @ 21C

 

Distance : 7.5 miles round trip

Time Taken : 2 hours 45 mins to first summit (Slight Side)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

The safest way of all the routes that lead up to Scafell avoiding all the challenges / horrors of Lords Rake & Broad Stand, however a challenging

route in the heat of this particular day. The path from Wha House Farm is initially easy to follow in ascent as the first objective (Slight Side) comes

into view and can be used as a beacon throughout. However, note well the bland features on the way up to Quagrigg Moss as they will be vital

to locate when (if) returning via this route. The path from Slight Side to Scafell is not well defined however in clear conditions just aim for the massive

bulk along first a grassy area eventually turning in to a scree boulder field. No difficulties to be had along the way

 

 

From the A590 leading to Broughton, and then the minor roads to Foxfield, Ulpha and Eskdale follow the signs for Eskdale Green, Dalegarth Station

The starting point for this walk is just slightly further on from the station along the bottom reaches of the Hardknott Pass. A small car park opposite

the farm can accommodate about a dozen or so vehicles and is free of charge

 

 

At the northern end of the car park a hand gate leads on to the open fell side of Goat Crag. This climbs steadily across the face of the fell towards

Quagrigg Moss

 

 

The path climbs steeply initially before it levels of somewhat near a wall with sheep pens

 

 

Through the hand gate and the sheep pens and remain close to the wall

 

 

There are a number of undulations as the path climbs gently through a large area of bracken

 

 

Once on the footpath it is easy to follow initially in spite of the dense foliage (Do well to note what ever little landmarks you see fit - to assist return)

 

 

The path, intermittent at times weaves its way through a set of moraines and eventually emerges to the vast expanse of Quagrigg Moss. At this point

Slight Side and its much bigger neighbour (Scafell) come into view (just)

 

 

We have emerged from the col in the centre of the picture and here looking back towards Harter Fell shrouded in mist

 

 

On the track proper now across Quagrigg Moss and heading for Slight Side

 

 

Looking across to Seatallan from the track

 

 

Approaching the start of the scree section, a decent majority of it can be avoided by navigating towards the grass when possible

 

 

Looking back across Quagrigg Moss towards Harter Fell

 

 

Looking across over Burnmoor Tarn to Whin Rigg and Illgill Head

 

 

Looking across to Crinkle Crags emerging from the mist

 

 

The path through or alongside the scree is easy to follow, there are two summits to choose from both of which require a little scrambling over good rock

 

 

The summit of Slight Side looking towards Cam Spout Crag to the right and Scafell towering in the centre

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit https://youtu.be/fXMayhah6AA

 

 

Looking along the ridgeline of the Scafell massif with the prominent height of Ill Crag in the centre

 

 

We now set off for Scafell. There is no particular path as such, we just aim to skirt the left hand shoulder of Cam Spout Crag

 

 

Looking northwest over to Steeple, Scoat Fell and Pillar

 

 

Looking back towards Burnmoor Tarn

 

 

Looking back along our direction of travel from Slight Side as we hit the boulder field on the upper reaches of Scafell

 

 

Almost at the top now and the first proper glimpse of Scafell Pike (as busy as usual)

 

 

At this point we are nearly at the summit and a magnificent view of the south face of Great Gable

 

 

Made it !!! the second highest point in England. Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Scafell https://youtu.be/RM8yNhFFwzE

 

 

Looking across Mickledore to Scafell Pike

 

 

A close up of Great Gable a magnificent mountain

 

 

A close up of Symonds Knott (that give Scafell its distinctive view from the Wasdale side) just behind that will be the West Wall Traverse and Lords Rake

routes up to Scafell from the Mickledore side

 

 

Looking across the Mosedale horseshoe from Scafell summit

 

 

Looking down on Wast Water

 

 

Journeying back down to Slight Side

 

 

Looking back to Ill and Esk Pike

 

 

Looking north to Bowfell

 

 

and of course Crinkle Crags

 

 

A much clearer view now as we cross Quagrigg Moss of Harter Fell

 

 

Journeying back home at the end of another day on the Lakeland Fells

 

 

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