29th January 2005

A crisp, frosty day on Scafell and Slight Side.


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 14.05
Duration 5 hr 10 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 3458 ft
Walking with On my own
Down in the Dale Bridge - Brackenclose - Sca Fell - Slight Side - Brackenclose - Down in the Dale Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Wasdale Head

Wasdale can boast possession of the highest mountain, the deepest lake and the smallest church. What I'd like to do is add the busiest car park onto this list. During the summer months this is an incredibly popular place, particularly in June when the three peak walkers are out in force.

Unbelievable I know, but parking is actually free. This tiny hamlet also has a hotel / pub, a shop, a camp site and all the facilities you expect to find with it.


Route Map

Early morning sun over Yewbarrow and Pillar.

Burnmoor Tarn and some of the fells above Eskdale Valley. Taken from the long steep walk up Green How.

Wastwater, Buckbarrow, Middle Fell and Seatallen from almost the same place.

From near Symonds Knott looking across to Lingmell, Great Gable Green Gable and Base Brown.
The Fells in the far distance are the Skiddaw fells on the left and Blencathra on the right.

Looking down to the Mosedale horseshoe from near Symonds Knott.

And again this time looking across to Pillar, High Stile, Red Pike (ennerdale) Kirk Fell, Great Gable and the Grasmoor fells in the distance.

Burnmoor Tarn, Illgill Head and Whin Rigg from Sca Fell summit.

Mosedale Horseshoe again this time from Sca Fell summit.

High Stile, Red Pike (ennerdale) Kirk Fell, the Grasmoor fells, Great Gable also taken from the summit of Sca Fell.

From Sca Fell summit this time looking to Symonds Knott and Scafell Pike. The Skiddaw fells and Blencathra can be seen in the distance.

From the ridge between Sca Fell and Slight Side.
Slight Side is the silhouetted fell front left, with the Whitfell group and Black Combe at the back of the picture.

Slight Side summit with Haycock above, Seatallan / Middle Fell on the left and Red Pike (wasdale) on the right.

Esk Pike and Bow Fell from Slight Side summit.

Middle Fell, Seatallan, Yewbarrow, Haycock and Red Pike (wasdale) from the route I took from Slight Side to Green How.

Looking in the same direction from further along the route.

Middle Fell, Seatallan and the Bell Rib section of Yewbarrow from the path down from Green how.

The same view from a little further down the path.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable from the bridge over Lingmell Beck.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks