|Name of walk||Scafell Pike on my own via Mickledore in Blue Skies|
|Date of walk||2006-05-05|
It was such a nice day I decided to go up Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England at 3,210ft. I went up by myself going from Wasdale via Brown Tongue and Mickledore. The route up to Mickledore can be seen below, just follow the Gill up. There were clouds on the top but these were due to clear in a couple of hours.
The gorse bushes were looking good! Contrasts well with the blue of Wast Water.
Illgill Head on the left up to the Wasdale Screes.
Mickledore. I took the route up the right.
It was steep scree.
Climbing up the gully to the top and looking back.
When you reach the top you find you are looking down the otherside into Eskdale.
Route up to the summit very bouldery.
Me at the Ordnance survey post at the summit. A kind, elderly gentleman took the photo before he went off to climb Scafell too! Pillar behind me to the left with the Mosedale valley, and Kirk Fell directly behind me. It took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach the top.
View to Sty Head Tarn and Great Gable. Derwent Water in the distance plus Blencathra and Skidaw.
Sellafield in the distance. Scafell off left.
In the foreground you can see a man in one of the below ground shelters. Bowfell sticking up and Windermere behind. Crinkle Crags to the right and Wetherlam behind.
Looking towards the south peak. The Eskdale Valley, Duddon Estuary in the distance.
Close up of Sty Head Tarn.
I took the easier route down via Lingmell Coll, then back down Brown Tongue. It was still heavy going and hard on the knees.
Took 1hour and 57 minutes to get back to my car. Stopped to take a photo of the usual view but this time in sunshine.
A good day!