28th January 2012

Great End, Scafell Pike, Corridor Route and Styhead Pass


Walk Overview
Time 08.20 to 15.05
Duration 6 hr 45 min
Distance 10 mile
Ascent 3300 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Seathwaite - Stockley Bridge - Grains Gill - Ruddy Gill - Esk Hause - Calf Cove - Great End - Scafell Pike - Corridor Route - Styhead Tarn - Styhead Pass - Stockley Bridge - Seathwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking leading to Seathwaite, Borrowdale

The popularity of the fells around here are more than reflected in the number of cars you find lining the road from Seathwaite Farm working back in the direction of Seatollor. I'm almost tempted to say that this is somewhere you'll never fail to get parked. Simply join the back of the line on the grass verge.

Parking is free and there is a tea room and toilets at Seathwaite.


Route Map

8.20 at Seathwaite Farm in Borrowdale. Seathwaite has the unenviable reputation for getting the highest level of rainfall of any inhabited place in England. Not today though; it was dry for the whole day.

What a mess. There was obviously some reason for bringing the sheep off the fell, but the whole place had been trodden into what was a big mud bath.
That's Seathwaite Fell in the centre of the picture. We went up the left hand side of it and returned down the right hand side.

Stockley Bridge. We went over the bridge, through the gate and then turned left up the other side of the wall.


A view down to Borrowdale and Derwent Water which still had a decent covering of cloud laying on the water. Anyone on Walla Crag or Cat Bell at the crack of dawn would have had a real treat this morning.

Walking next to Ruddy Gill was quite slippery with not much room for error.

Looking across the top of Ruddy Gill to the top of Great Gable and Green Gable.

Not a lot to say really, , , , the picture says it all.

A close up of the top of Central Gully. We'll be standing at the top of there later in the walk.


A close up of Sprinkling Tarn and the tarn on Seathwaite Fell.

Allen Crags.

A cloudless sky would have been better, but you get what your given I suppose, and today we were presented with a gorgeous coloured sky caused by the sun shining through the high level cloud.

Snowy Lakeland.

At the top of Great End.

Looking across to Scafell Pike from Great End.

The photo doesn't really show it, but the Isle of Man was like some sort of optical illusion today. The Irish Sea almost looked like cloud and the island seemed to be floating on top of, rather than sticking out of the water.

This is the top of Central Gully. Close enough to the edge I think!!

Zooming in on Heysham Power Station.

Scafell Pike.

Scafell Pike summit. Despite the good conditions, it was a quiet day on the fells today. We'd hardly saw anyone since setting off, we hardly saw anyone after leaving here and even though it was quite busy at the top, most of the people you see here arrived in two big groups.
The lack of hats and gloves help to show it was far from cold up here or at least it wasn't while you were on the move.

Leaving Scafell Pike.


Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Green Gable bathed on sunshine.

Heading across the Corridor Route. That's Andrew on the right.


Great Gable, Green Gable and Base Brown.

Wasdale seemed to be getting some sunshine along with Yewbarow and Red Pike.

Styhead Tarn.

Great End, seen above the stretcher box at Sty Head..

Another shot of Styhead Tarn, this one taken from the start of the Borrowdale side of Styhead Pass.
The two people next to the tarn looked as though they were seeking out a suitable spot to camp for the night.

Borrowdale, taken from Styhead Pass; just as we began to drop below the snow line.

Grains Gill, taken from Stockley Bridge.

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