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Scafell Pike via Hollowstones
by L-Hiking » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:47 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Lingmell, Scafell Pike
Hewitts included on this walk: Lingmell, Scafell Pike
Date walked: 28/09/2011
Time taken: 6
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 950m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We decided it was best to travel via Cockermouth and Egremont, rather than the up hill and down dale route by Hardnott Pass. The day started dull as ever in Keswick however as soon as we reached the A595 the cloud lifted and the sun shone and indeed it shone all day.
By the time we arrived (it took about 1 hour 30 minutes) the car park at waWasdale was pretty full with lots of walkers preparing to venture out on their chosen route for the day. I myself had never approached the Pike from this direction on the other occasions I had summited I had travelled from Seathwaite from the north and was therefore pretty excited about the trip towards Scafell Crag and the scramble up Mickledore. It looked thrilling the view towards the magnificent Scafell was like a magnet saying 'Come and get me' I can asure youthere is no such view or enticing prospect during the slog up from Seathwaite or Great langdale
So with our boots on and wearing only shorts leeves we headed on our way,very suprisingly most walkers were heading towards Mosedale in the other direction. This in itself looked wonderful with Pillar looking most attractive in the sunlight, however not today we were heading for the roof of England and no doubt the crowds as well
It was very hard work clambering over the scree via Hollowstones and the scramble up to Micldore was tricky and much care was needed here due to the wet and crumbling rock. Never mind once over this obstacle the view opened up with the barrier of Broad Stand to the right and Scafell Pike summit in the distance to the left. The way is certainly clear with many many cairns, I am not sure Mr Wainwright would have approved of the shear number of these ugly markers.
Having reached the top it was hard to find a place to rest and have a drink due to the many people here all enjoying the beautiful sunshine. We eventually found a place and watched people come and go by the many diferent routes of accent and decent. I had decided to try and avoid the crowds and return over the top of Lingmell with a look at Piers Gill from the summit. I was hopeful that this way would avoid the crowds. I was really suprised that there was quite a number of walkers who were unsure of how to get down from the summit. Quite worrying really, any mountain top can be dangerous and Scafell Pike is no exception and certainly deserves more respect than it recieved today
Having reached Lingmell and yes avoided the crowds there was that magnificent sheer 300 mtr drop down to Piers Gill, it is scary
A steady walk down the ridge of Lingmell via Goat Crags was the way down to Wasdale with no crowds, however it is a steep dissent and the trusty walking pole came out to assist.
All in all a great day and finished off with a pint in the Wasdale Inn.
by skuk007 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:56 pm
There was no chance of you getting the summit to yourselves in that sunshine.
by SusieThePensioner » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:54 pm
First time I walked Scafell Pike we were camping at the NT campsite the very first year it opened; late 60s I think! We did the slog up Brown Tongue and returned via Styhead. In the past 2 years my husband and two daughters have made three attempts but been foiled by the weather each time; they should have been out with you
Luvhiking wrote:there was quite a number of walkers who were unsure of how to get down from the summit
We were on Wetherlam a few years back and a group of walkers asked me where they were and how they could get to the nearest town
by johnkaysleftleg » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:09 pm
by L-Hiking » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:06 am
Yes I was very lucky with the weather on that day, it was certainly a good move to travel down from Keswick which was deep in clag!!
Just shows how changeable the weather is in different parts of lakeland on the same day[quote="skuk007"]Nice report Luvhiking, great weather too.
by Morecambe Monkey » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:22 pm
by L-Hiking » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:05 pm