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Scafell and Slight Side

Scafell and Slight Side

Postby andy63 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:23 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Scafell, Slight Side

Hewitts included on this walk: Scafell

Date walked: 30/05/2016

Time taken: 6.6

Distance: 15.1 km

Ascent: 1075m

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There's a little car park near Wha House farm in Eskdale which was almost full but I just managed to squeeze into the last space. From here it's a long walk in up the valley to Cam Spout, which is where the climbing starts.




Cam Spout waterfall

A rocky path leads up the side of the waterfall towards Mickledore, the pass which separates Scafell from Scafell Pike.

Cam Spout ascent


The Foxes Tarn ascent route is just to the left of the large crag in the centre of the picture. A steep scramble up the rocky gully leads to the Tarn (really just a puddle), and a steep scree path continues up to the summit plateau.

Ascent towards Foxes Tarn

Foxes Tarn

The minor summit of Symonds Knott gives a good view over to the multitudes on Scafell Pike.

Scafell Pike summit from Symonds Knott

Great Gable (zoomed)

From here it's an easy walk up to the main summit.

Scafell Summit

Wastwater, Illgill Head and Burnmoor Tarn

I then followed the ridge down over Long Green to Slight Side, which has two little rocky summits.

Long Green


Slight Side summit

The route back to Eskdale goes through an area called Quagrigg Moss. Fortunately this wasn't as much of a quagmire as the name might suggest. In fact it's a pleasant grassy descent all the way down, on a path which finally dropped straight down to where I was parked.

Quagrigg Moss

Harter Fell from the descent path
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Re: Scafell and Slight Side

Postby ChrisW » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:22 pm

Lovely pics of a classic Andy, is there ever a time that Scafell doesn't have a bunch of folks standing about on it :crazy:
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