11th September 2005

Lingmell to Slight Side via both Scafells and Foxes Tarn.


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 17.30
Duration 8 hr 30 min
Distance 9.3 mile
Ascent 4500 ft
Walking with Jennifer, Andrew and Anne Leaney
Brackenclose - Lingmell - Scafell Pike - Mickledore - Foxes Tarn - Scafell - Slight Side - Great How - Brackenclose
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Brackenclose, Wasdale

The car park next to Brackenclose camp site may not be the biggest in the Lake District, but it is found at the bottom of one of the busiest paths; the one up to Scafell Pike. Strangely though, I've only failed to get a space here on one occasion. This begs the question "where do they all park then". Unless they all turn up with ten people in a car; who knows?


Route Map

Looking ahead to the steep route we took up Lingmell.

Mosedale with Pillar at its head, taken from about half way up Lingmell.

This picture looking back down the path gives a good idea just how steep the route is.

Great Gable seen behind Lingmell Crag.

Jennifer at Scafell Pike summit.

Clouds rising from the Great Moss side of Mickledore ridge. Seen from our route between Scafell Pike summit and Mickledore.

Mickledore Ridge.
From the ridge we followed the path the drops down through the screes on the left hand side of the ridge.

Jennifer, Andrew and Anne heading down the path towards the bottom of Foxes Tarn Gully. The gully runs up behind the dark crag at the top right of the photo.

Foxes Tarn Gully.
Being a fell walker and not a climber this is just about as close to nature as I can get while still enjoying myself.

Foxes Tarn.
A nice sun trap and a good source of fresh water.

Great Gable behind some of the crags near Symonds Knott.

Scafell Pike also taken from near Symonds Knott.
The path seen running down the picture is the one we followed from Scafell Pike to Mickledore Ridge.

Between Scafell and Long Green I left the path and walked to the edge of the ridge to get this picture of Foxes Tarn and the scree path we took up to Symonds Knott.

Looking down to Great Moss with Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags behind.

The remote area of Upper Eskdale from Slight Side.

One of the many small tarns found in Quagrigg Moss.
The fells in the background include Yewbarrow, Haycock, Red Pike and Pillar.

Crossing Hardrigg Gill with Scafell in the background.

Great How and Burnmoor Tarn.
This is another of the Lake District's corpse roads, which were used to take coffins from one valley to another. This route was used until 1901 to carry coffins from Wasdale to St Catherine’s Church in Boot, for burial. The road was still suitable for horse and cart well into the 20th Century.

A Close up of Wasdale Head and Kirk Fell as we started to drop back down into Wasdale.

A little further down the path with Kirk Fell and Great Gable towering above Wasdale head.
Almost at the end of a very long and difficult day, but one of the most satisfying walks I've done in a long time.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks