Scafell Pike Hike

Last weekend a group of work colleagues and I took a trip to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in the Lake District.

I’ve previously climbed Scafell, some 20 years ago, but either by the Wasdale Head or Boot route, this route was via the Corridor route.

We gathered at Seathwaite Farm and proceeded through the farm premises, if you want to relieve yourself before you’re forced to do so in the wilds, the farm owners have helpfully provided toilets.

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Stockley Bridge, over the Derwent

The path generally follows the River Dewent, you cross Stockley Bridge and make your way up the hill to the right and crest onto the platau which will lead you to Styhead Tarn.

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The view towards Seathwaite from the hill past Stockley Bridge

From the resting point where a stretcher is helpfully stored in a box for injured walkers, we took in some water and some amazing flapjacks, baked by a colleague’s wife.

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Stretcher box provided by Mountain Rescue

From here we turn left as you look at the stretcher box from the path and follow the route up the hill.

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Many cairns guide your route to Scafell, this shot is looking back towards Styhead Tarn

This is where is gets tougher, there are 2 scrambles and 1 climb, once past these obstacles there’s a reasonably easy ascent to the next decision point, I’m not sure if it has a name but they both lead to Scafell eventually. From the path the left route is shorter and more difficult and the right, longer but slightly easier going.

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We took the high road!

If you are attempting the right route just be mindful of a significant scramble up steep lose stone & rock, initially taking you to the platau between Green Crag and Scafell Pike. Once you’ve cleared this leg of the scramble there’s a further set of loose, jagged rock to tackle taking you to the summit of Scafell. This route is not for the ill-prepared.

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On a clear day you can see the coast, Sellafield and the Irish Sea

Once we’d cleared these hazards we joined the other hikers & climbers at the top of Scafell.

I had an issue with my Camelbak at this point, which was more about me being a moron than an actual issue, the water lock on the Camelbak differs from the Osprey, my old one, and my head couldn’t work a way round it. I only mention this as a precautionary tale of being tired and how the brain works in these conditions.

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Cairns – very arty

There are a few Cairns on Scafell giving you the shelter from the wind to enjoy some lunch and drink in peace and the opportunity to keep warm, but don’t huddle for too long – ensure you get the selfie on top of the stone pile and read the dedication plaque to the men and women who died in the great war. There’s also a helpful mountain range peak map.

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Sweaty, but I made it, also I forgot to take the obligatory panorama!

Obligatory panoramas are a must, the Lake District is very special!

Once we were fed and watered it was time to go back down and descend all the way to Seathwaite. Descending is my least favourite part of any trip! It’s a bugger on the knees and ankles, having suffered from patella tendinitis recently.

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Oh to have fours legs and a low centre of gravity!

Due to logistical issues our campsite is an hour and forty minute drive from Seathwaite, which is a little irritating, but a fine meal at the Kings George IV pub is the reward and we settle for a nights rest at the Fisherground camp site.

Sadly cramp plagued my legs and my sleep was restless, such is the burden of hill walkers!

However the view in the morning is sublime!

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Horses in a field adjacent to Fisherground Campsite

This trip was cathartic to say the least, it differed from my normal trips in that we didn’t ascend, camp and then come back down, my pack was lighter and I relied less on poles. The trip is a good basis for the Three Peaks Challenge which I hope to complete later this year. We have another trip to Snowdon due in June and I need to get to Ben Nevis which I’ve never climbed, so a reccy trip required, before doing the challenge.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please do ask below.

 

 

 

 

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