18th June 2004

One extreme to another on Scafell Pike.


Walk Overview
Time 13:05 to 17:45
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 3340 ft
Walking with On my own
Brackenclose - Lingmell Gill - Brown Tongue - Hollow Stones - Dropping Crag - Scafell Pike - Dropping Crag - Lingmell Col - Lingmell - Lingmell Crag - Goat Crags - Lingmell Gill - Brackenclose
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, near Brackenclose camp site, Wasdale

Unless I intended to begin a walk from Wasdale Head itself, then this would be my first choice for parking at this end of the valley. It isn't that large of a parking area, but I always seem to have been lucky and managed to get a space here. Failing that the car park next to the camp site is only a stones throw away.


Route Map

Wastwater from just above Brackenclose.

Wastwater from Brown Tongue. The fells on the right of the lake are (front to back) Yewbarrow, Middle Fell, Seatallan and Buckbarrow next to the small area of sunshine. By now the sunshine had gone and the cloud was starting to build up very fast.

Scafell Pike summit. The rain was very heavy by now, the wind was quite bad and visibility wasn't great. I decided to abandon my original route across Ill Crag, Broad Crag and Great End, and double back to Lingmell Coll where I would reassess the weather situation.

Almost back down to Lingmell Col and the cloud is starting to lift, the rain had stopped and the wind had almost gone. The fell straight ahead through the cloud if Lingmell. you can just make out the shape of Great Gable on the right side of the photo.

Lingmell summit with Great Gable behind.

Looking down from Lingmell Crags to Piers Gill

Looking between Kirk Fell and Great Gable and over Black Sail Pass to the Grasmoor group of fells. From Lingmell Crags

From the same place this time looking down to Borrowdale. The fells in the background with a couple of small clouds still on the are the Skiddaw and Blencathra fells.

Kirk fell in the foreground and Pillar on the left. By now the fells were clear again and it was starting to get very hot.

Wastwater from Goat Crags. Ill Gill Head on the left side of the lake and (front to back) Yewbarrow, Middle Fell and Buckbarrow, on the right hand side.

Looking back up the very steep path down from Goat Crags to the bottom of Lingmell Gill.

And again from a little further down the path.

Scafell Pike and Scafell with Mickledore Ridge in the middle. You wouldn't think it was the same day from a couple of hours ago.

Wasdale Head from the path down from Goat Crags.

Wastwater from the same place.

The Scafells again from a little further down the path.

Looking back to Kirk Fell and another band of cloud working its way over the fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks