18th September 2010

The Scandale skyline


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 15.15
Duration 6 hr 15 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 3400 ft
Walking with Neil Haslewood
Miller Bridge - Bridge House - High Sweden Bridge - Low Pike - High Pike - Dove Crag - High Bakestones - Little Hart Crag - Scandale Pass (top of) - Red Screes - Snarker Pike - Kirkstone Road - Ambleside - Miller Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Miller Bridge, Ambleside

This offers an alternative to the overcharged car parks in Ambleside itself. The downsides are, spaces are limited, it's a little way out from the center of the town and you will need to get here early to get a space.


Route Map

Miller Bridge.

Stock Ghyll, flowing through the centre of Ambleside.

On route to High Sweden Bridge and looking across towards the Rydal and Grasmere direction.
Due to an uncertain weather forecast, our plan for today was to meet up and then pick one of two options. If it was dry we'd head for Low Pike and High Pike, if it was wet we'd have a walk over Wansfell Pike. On the drive through it was raining so much I'd have been surprised if we did anything at all. As it turned out, we ended up having a good long walk with only a couple of brief spells of light rain.

High Sweden Bridge.

Perhaps the day was going to get out after all.

The boggy bit.

Low Pike summit in front of High Pike, Little Hart Crag and above Scandale.

And from the same spot, I took this picture looking down to Rydal.

We stood for a while on High Pike summit just watching the mist rising up from Scandale. It didn't feel too windy where we were, but the mist wasn't half blowing up from the valley. Once it was level with the ridge however, a westerly breeze was preventing it from getting any higher and this was the result.

And now looking back down the ridge.

A nice collection of far eastern fells seen from Dove Crag. to name a few, Loadpot Hill, Angletarn Pikes, Brock Crags, Rest Dodd, High Raise, Kidsty Pike, Stony Cove Pike, Hartsop Dodd and just about to disappear behind the cloud is High Street.

Dove Crag summit cairn.

High Bakestones summit cairn.

Little Hart Crag summit.

A close up of Scandale Tarn. Personally I think this should be called Little Hart Tarn. Firstly because of its shape, and secondly because of its closeness to Little Hart Crag.


Looking back across to Little Hart Crag from the walk up to Red Screes.

Red Screes summit.

As ever, a walk along here calls for a look down to the top of Kirkstone Pass.

That doesn't look too promising, but luckily for us these black clouds kept well out of our way.

Not far from the road now and even though we've been walking downhill for quite some time, Ambleside just doesn't seem to be getting much closer.

Get me to the church on time, , , or perhaps a little bit late; judging by the way this was struggling up here.

And to finish, tea and cake in the Giggling Goose Cafe.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks