5th December 2010

Red Screes and Scandale from Ambleside


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 15.20
Duration 6 hr
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Ambleside - Kirkstone Road - Snarker Pike - Red Screes - Scandale Pass - Scandale - Rough Sides - 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

The Struggle - closed to most traffic.

Walking up The Struggle.

If only we'd had a sledge we could have played here all day instead of walking up Red Screes.

A view back down to Ambleside taken a minute or so after leaving the road and beginning our walk up the fell itself.

The Coniston fells on the left, the Wrynose Pass gap in the middle and the Crinkle Crags / Bow Fell fells to the right.


Windermere enjoyed a cloud inversion for most of the day today and I bet anyone on the fells at the southern end of the lake had a real treat. I think I'd rather be walking in the snow up here though.

There are lots of fells in this picture including Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, The Langdales, Loughrigg, Nab Scar and Heron Pike. The lake you can see in the picture is Rydal Water.

Steeply does it through deep snow.

Looking back down to Windermere. That cloud over the lake just isn't moving at all.

This is the fell walking equivalent of your countries football team getting to the world cup final.

Winter walking at it's best.

Someone else had already done all the hard work, so we just hijacked their foot prints.

Yoke. Ill Bell and Froswick.

Looking back into a wintry sun.

The Kirkstone Pass Inn.

And suddenly, there were other people on the fell.
The flat(ish) area is a snow covered and no doubt frozen Red Screes Tarn.

Lady of the fells, wrapped up against the cold on Red Screes summit.

(that ain't no lady, , , , that's the wife)

Walking down from Red Screes to Scandale Pass was fantastic today, deep snow, out of the breeze and this view to look at along the way.

A close up of The Langdales slowly being taken over by cloud. On the skyline is Bow Fell, Scafell and Scafell Pike just topped by cloud.

Looking down to Scandale.
It doesn't look too far and to be honest it isn't, but it always feels like such a long way.

A view back up Scandale Pass.

I'm pleased we weren't the first ones through here. Whoever blazed this trail through the snow must have found it such hard going.

Well over a week with the temperature not rising above freezing and this is the result.

Looking into the sun as we walk through the woods at Rough Sides.

and looking away from the sun.


The afternoon was almost over when I took this picture of Wansfell Pike. The shadows were stretching their way across the fields, the light was beginning to turn a slight golden colour and the reddening of our noses proved we were in for another night of sub zero temperatures.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks