17th May 2005

An afternoon walk up England's highest.


Walk Overview
Time 12.00 to 15.50
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 5.9 mile
Ascent 3327 ft
Walking with on my own
Brackenclose - Lingmell - Lingmell Col - Scafell Pike - Lingmell Col - Hollow Stones - 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

Looking across Wast Water to Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell, from the road leading to Wasdale Head.

Just after the start of the walk, next to Lingmell Gill. With Kirk Fell, Beck Head and Great Gable in the background.

Wast Water from a little further along the path.

And again, this time from the steep path up to Goat Crags and Lingmell.

Most of the Mosedale Horseshoe with Wasdale Head in the valley. Taken from just below the start of the short scree section.

Not quite so steep now and looking back towards Illgill Head and Wast Water.

From Lingmell summit, looking down to Piers Gill.

From Lingmell summit again looking across Lingmell Crag to Great Gable.

Lingmell and Great Gable. From the place where I joined the main path that leads up to Scafell Pike from Lingmell Col.

About 15 minutes from Scafell Pike summit.
Too many fells to name them all, but the fells in the far distance are L - R Skiddaw fells, Blencathra, Clough Head and the start of the Dodds ridge. The tarn near the front of the picture is Styhead Tarn and part of Derwent Water can be seen almost in the middle of the picture. Possibly one of the best views in England.

Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags from Scafell Pike summit.
Windermere is the lake that can just be seen running across the picture, to the right of Bow Fell.

Scafell Pike summit.

The crossing point at Lingmell Gill.
I don't think I've ever seen the Gill this dry so early in the season.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks