31st August 2004

Four big ones and two tarns.


Walk Overview
Time 11.25 to 16.35
Duration 5 hr 10 min
Distance 9.4 mile
Ascent 3806 ft
Walking with On my own
Wasdale - Lingmell Beck - Hollow Stones - Scafell Pike - Broad Crag - Ill Crag - Great End - Sprinkling Tarn - Sty Head Tarn - Sty Head Pass - Wasdale Head
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 the Lingmell Gill crossing.

And again from further up the path on Brown Tongue. The walk up as far as this had been very hot and in almost unbroken sunshine. There was a nice breeze blowing along here so I had a seat for 5 minutes to cool down.

Looking down to Sty Head / Tarn from the path between Lingmell Col and Scafell Pike.

Scafell Pike summit. The summit was very busy today. I think everyone was taking advantage of the good weather.

The stone shelters just below Scafell Pike summit.

Broad Crag from the route off Scafell Pike.
This is a very steep section of rough path, where you need to watch almost every step. You can see the path leading up to Broad Crag running up the center of the picture.

Kirk Fell and the Pillar fells from Broad Crag summit.
The area around the summit is covered with large rocks. The summit is easy enough to get up to, but you do need to be careful of where you put your feet. One wrong move and it wouldn't take much to brake a leg or an ankle.

From just below Broad Crag summit looking down to Borrowdale and Derwent Water. On the right of the picture the large fell with the sun on it is Great End. The Skiddaw fells can be seen in the distance ( L ) and Blencathra ( R ). The little fell in the center of the picture (in front of Derwent Water) is Castle Crag.

Great Moss from Ill Crag summit. Possibly one of the wettest places in the Lake District. The OS map shows 2 footpaths that go through Great Moss. From bitter experience I wouldn't recommend these as a route, the path around the edge is a far better option.

The Western Fells from 10 minutes walk past Ill Crag summit. The walk between Ill Crag and Great End is across a wide open plateau. The ground is quite rough under foot in places, but this is more than made up for by the excellent views in all directions.

Esk Pike on the right and the Langdales on the left, from the path up to Great End.

Great End summit.

The view from in front of the summit cairn.
The fell in the front, with the tarns on, is Seathwaite Fell. To the right of that Stockley Bridge side of Glaramara. Behind Seathwaite Fell is Base Brown then High Spy. The Skiddaw fells can be seen in the distance ( L ) and Blencathra ( R ).

Looking between the Langdales and Esk Pike towards Lingmoor Fell and Windermere.

Zooming in on the Langdales from just above Esk Hause. From here I took the path that runs out of the bottom left of the picture.

Looking down towards Seathwaite and Borrowdale from the route down from Esk Hause.

Over Seathwaite Fell to the North Western Fells.

Great Gable and Green Gable from the path between Esk Hause and Sprinkling Tarn.

Sprinkling Tarn. Arguably the most beautiful of all the higher tarns.

Sprinkling Tarn again this time with Great Gable and Green Gable behind.

Sty Head and Sty Head Tarn.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks