5th October 2007

Sunshine on the roof of England


Walk Overview
Time 11.15 to 15.30
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 3368 ft
Walking with On my own
Brackenclose - Lingmell Gill - Mickledore - Broadcrag Tarn - Scafell Pike - Lingmell Col - Lingmell - Goat Crags - 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

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

A little way past Brackenclose this footbridge crosses Lingmell Gill.
Just to confuse things, Lingmell Beck runs around the north & west side of Lingmell whereas Lingmell Gill is found on the south side of the fell.

Wast Water with Middle Fell seen next to the lake. The darker and slightly lower fell at the back of the picture is Buckbarrow.

Crossing Lingmell Gill for the third time. And I'm afraid on this occasion there's no footbridge to make this crossing an easy one, which isn't a problem at all on a day like this. After periods of heavy rain however, most of the stones you see in this picture are under water and the ones that aren't can be just as slippery as if they were covered in ice.


Not quite the best photo of the day, but it does help show my route up to Mickledore ridge. A two steps forward and one step back route if ever there was one.

A close up into Lord's Rake.

And looking around to my left hand side to see some equally impressive crags.

Mickledore Ridge seen from a lovely looking Broadcrag Tarn; the highest tarn in the Lake District.

Ill Crag, Esk Pike and Bow Fell to name but a few of the fells in view from the largest of the shelters near Scafell Pike summit.

A close up of the Skiddaw fells, Derwent Water and Keswick taken from Scafell Pike summit.

And the summit itself.

Lunch with a view of Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Grasmoor, Wandope, Eel Crag, Grisedale Pike, Sail, Dale Head, Ullock Pike, Longside, Skiddaw, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable and doubtless to say a few others if you choose to pick them out. And of course my next port of call; Lingmell.

A close up of Styhead Tarn.

Great Gable taken from Lingmell summit.

Looking through the gap between Great Gable and Seathwaite Fell (Sty Head Pass) into Borrowdale.

Heading down to the south western shoulder of Lingmell.

I'm probably correct in saying that it doesn't look as though its going to be too steep from this point, what I should add, is that once you reach the end of the grassy plateau, the ground falls away below you and by the time you reach Lingmell Gill you're more often than not suffering the effects of wobbly leg syndrome. Thankfully with such a superb view on offer, a weary fell walker like myself feels more than just a little appreciative of the chance to keep stopping to take advantage of the abundance of photo opportunities.

Kirk Fell and Pillar.

Wasdale Head and Mosedale.

Now here's someone who has no problem at all with the steepness of the fell.
The flat-ish area in the centre of the photo is Hollow Stones.
The lowest point on the skyline (right) is Mickledore Ridge.

The Lake District looking its best!

Looking back up the shoulder on Lingmell; a long way to walk down hill.
Did someone mention wobbly legs.

Rejoining the path next to Lingmell Gill.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable; the final picture taken on a perfect day to be on the fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks