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Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara

Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara


Postby Beery Hiker » Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:15 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Allen Crags, Glaramara, Great End, Scafell Pike

Hewitts included on this walk: Allen Crags, Broad Crag, Glaramara, Great End, Ill Crag, Scafell Pike

Date walked: 08/10/2016

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The Saturday walk was the highlight of our weekend in Borrowdale the weekend before last. This was the third time our group has spent a weekend in the Borrowdale hostel, and all three times Scafell Pike was on the original plan. The first was defeated by sleety rain, and the second by deep snow. This time the forecast was pretty good - a little high cloud but no rain, so after an early breakfast we drove over to Seathwaite, where the car parking spaces were already going fast. We chose the Sty Head Corridor route option, and as far as the Lingmell col we had the path pretty much to ourselves. I really enjoyed this part of the walk, as the path is still quite rough in places and the views keep changing.
ImageIMG_0191 by HH, on Flickr
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On reaching Lingmell col, all thoughts of a quiet day disappeared, as we joined the hordes coming up from Wasdale Head. This was my fifth visit to the summit, but only the second time I have seen the views, so the temptation was to linger and take too many photos, all of which are full of grey stony foregrounds.
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I had never visited the summits of Broad Crag and Ill Crag before, so took the opportunity to bag a couple of Hewits that Wainwright ignored.
ImageIMG_0230 by HH, on Flickr
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The summit of Ill Crag offered some great views of upper Eskdale
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After a brief detour to Great End, our party split at Esk Hause.
ImageIMG_0249 by HH, on Flickr
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Our driver nobly volunteered to take the easy route down to Seathwaite, while the other two of us couldn't resist continuing the high level walk over Allen Crags and Glaramara, where we were rewarded by some fine views of the Langdale Pikes over the tarns.
ImageIMG_0253 by HH, on Flickr
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After all of the undulations of the ridge path, the last uphill was something of a relief.
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The descent does start with a slightly awkward little down scramble, which is steep but with too many holds to be difficult. We rushed the rest of the descent - having seen a mobile dog water bowl left behind on the summit and spotted a couple with a dog descending in front of us, we finally caught up with them, but of course it wasn't theirs. All that remained was the easy stroll round to the hostel (and a hostel with draught beers is always a good place to finish a long day on the hills).
ImageIMG_0270 by HH, on Flickr
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Beery Hiker
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Re: Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara

Postby dav2930 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:46 pm

Looked a good long day in the hills and nice weather for it with great views. Allen Crags and Glaramara make a great way to or from the Pike. :clap:
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Re: Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara

Postby trailmasher » Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:34 pm

Good walk, good hills, good views, good report and well done :clap:
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Re: Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara

Postby Beery Hiker » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:17 pm

Thanks for the positive comments. It was certainly one of my better hill days
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Re: Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara

Postby ChrisW » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:22 am

Pleny of folks on the summit BH, an why not with views like that and the weather to boot :clap:
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Re: Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:32 pm

Fabulous photos of one of the finest walks in Britain!

I noted your mention of the down-scramble from the summit of Glaramara. I seem to recall Wainwright putting in a section of advice for "Ladies wearing skirts" as to how to tackle, with dignity, this section of the route...

...how things have changed!

I started walking in the seventies, and I don't think I've ever seen anyone on the hills in a skirt, except very occasionally a male Scot.
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Re: Borrowdale weekend 2 - Scafell Pike to Glaramara

Postby Beery Hiker » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:59 pm

Thanks for all the comments!
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