26th November 2016

A Scandale and Red Screes walk

Time 8:50 am to 3 pm
Duration 6 hr 10 min
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent Somewhere close to 2800 ft
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Miller Bridge - Ambleside - Sweden Lane - High Sweden Bridge - Scandale - Scandale Pass - Little Hart Crag - top of Scandale Pass - Middle Dodd - Smallthwaite Brow - Red Screes - Snarker Moss - 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.
Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Well this was certainly a beautiful day to be out and about enjoying Lakeland. Snow on the tops, frost in the valleys, blue sky & sunshine and, an added bonus of seeing the final chapter in what has been a fantastic autumn. Here we peep over a wall for a view of part of Ambleside.

Blue sky and icy patches on the footpath greet us as we walk through Scandale.


Curious about us but too placid to be bothered coming across to chase us off their land.

At the bottom of Scandale Pass now and really quite warm considering how frozen everywhere was.

Looking up to Little Hart Crag.

Little Hart Crag summit.


Looking across to Red Screes and Middle Dodd. Our route took us about half way up Red Screes before turning left and heading cross country to Middle Dodd. As it turned out, progress was really slow and hard going because of the snow and we'd probably have found it easier to walk all the way up and then do and out & back to Middle Dodd.

Scandale Tarn.



We join the ridge and look ahead to Middle Dodd.


Red Screes summit was quiet a busy place while we were here. We guessed that most people had walked up from the top of Kirkstone Pass.

A close up of Striding Edge and Helvellyn.

At the top and looking across the eastern fells (and Place Fell). Notice that cloud in the far distance - - - more on that later.

Red Screes Tarn

A close up of Windermere and the hazy conditions found at lower level.


A last look across to the summit before we make our way down towards Snarker Pike and Ambleside.

Looking across to two bit of the Fairfield Horseshoe. Heron Pike & Great Rigg behind - and - Low Pike, High Pike and Dove Crag in front.

And to finish, we look behind us to see the cloud has just about caught up with us. Moments later the sun was gone but after the walk we'd had, neither of us found reason enough to complain.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks