22nd March 2006

A perfect snowy walk through Scandale to Red Screes from Ambleside.


Walk Overview
Time 08.15 to 13.45
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2595 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ambleside - High Sweden Bridge - Scandale Pass - Middle Dodd - Red Screes - Snarker Pike - Kirkstone Pass - Ambleside
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ambleside

Ambleside offers quite a few different car parks, all of which are very close to the main town centre. I should offer a word of caution though; don't forget to bring plenty of money to buy a parking ticket.


Route Map

High Sweden Bridge, found about 1.5 mile into the walk at the start of the beautiful and deserted valley of Scandale.

Looking ahead down the route through Scandale.

And again, this time with a view to the head of the valley.
The dark (double) pointed fell above the end of the valley is Little Hart Crag.

At the start of the climb up Scandale Pass and looking over what is possibly the largest sheepfold in the Lake District. Too big in fact to get in one photo. There are a couple of small sections to the right that I couldn't fit on the picture.

The highest point on Scandale Pass with Little Hart Crag behind.

Walking into deeper snow now on the route above Scandale Pass.

The Coniston fells from a little further up the path.

Snow drifts near the place we left the main route to Red Screes and followed an off path route to Middle Dodd.

Middle Dodd.
Brothers water can be seen on the left side with Place Fell and Angle Tarn Pikes behind.

Looking in the same direction as the previous picture, from a little higher.

From Red Screes summit looking across to Stony Cove Pike, Thornthwaite Crag and the High Street fells.

Jennifer at Red Screes summit.

A frozen Red Screes Tarn with the summit trig point on the right of the photo.

Leaving Red Screes and heading down the ridge to Snarker Pike.

A breathtaking view across to the Coniston fells on the left and the rest of the higher southern fells running from the middle of the picture to the right.
The lake in the photo is Rydal Water.

Well down the ridge now, but still walking in deep snow and getting very warm in the sunshine.

One last look up the path we'd been following.

Bridge House Ambleside.
And just enough time to buy an ice cream before we needed to head home and take Jennifer to work.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks