Slight Side, Scafell and Scafell Pike

Name of walk Slight Side, Scafell and Scafell Pike
Date of walk 2007-05-02
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 0 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Slight Side, Scafell, Scafell Pike
Walked with Janet Kendall and Poppy
Parking Roadside parking Brackenclose

On Monday Janet, Poppy and I went to Wasdale to visit Burnmoor Tarn and climb up Slight Side (2499ft), Scafell (3162ft) and Scafell Pike (3210ft). Quite an epic walk, about 9 miles of mostly awkward, rocky terrain.

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A great view of Kirk Fell and Great Gable. The Gorse looks superb at this time of year.

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Wast Water and Illgill Head.

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Burnmoor Tarn.

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Left is Scafell, right is Slight Side taken from Quagrigg Moss.

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Poppy paddling, Great How behind.

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Poser!

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We took a walk up by Hardrigg Gill which has some great waterfalls.

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Fancy....Poppy in the water again!

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After the Gill we headed straight up the grass slope. I spotted some rusted machinery parts on the walk up and then saw a cross on the horizon. Another plane crash memorial for two Polish WW2 airmen, complete with wreckage.

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Slight Side summit.

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Route to Scafell. Scafell Pike behind.

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Hard Knott.

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Harter Fell with Walney Island beyond.

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Peek-a-boo!

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We had lunch in the wind shelter behind the summit.

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Mosedale Horseshoe from the summit of Scafell....Pillar centre.

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A cleared area with a white cross (not an X). Dunno if this is for helicopters or some religious significance. Although I somewhat doubt the latter!

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View to Scafell Pike, one and a quarter miles away.

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Looking down Wast Water.

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In order to get to Scafell Pike you have to descend 900ft down scree to Foxes Tarn and down a boulder gully.

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Looking back up the route down from Foxes Tarn.

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Then you have a 1000ft of climb up scree to reach Scafell Pike`s summit.

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View from Mickledore out to the Isle of Man.

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Boulders galore! The rocky climb up to the summit.

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The summit of Scafell Pike.

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View to Broadstand on Scafell.

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Windy today!

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Close up of Sty Head Tarn. Great Gable to the left

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The full view. Derwent Water behind

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Down to Hollow Stones looking up at Lord`s Rake on Scafell.

Another day of excellent visibility. Still nearly two hours of descent to go until we get back to the car. The walk took about 9 hours.

Jo.

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