Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Scafell Pike and the Corridor Route

Our day on Englands highest mountain was on of mixed weather making for an exciting day. We walked a route chosen by Keisha and Louis, a circuit starting from Wasdale head. Our route headed east along Lingmell Gill. Lingmell looks such a wonderful mountain. We joined the crowds but as we headed up the path leading to Mickeldore the crowds thinned out as the clouds thickened a bit more. Mickledore is the name of the pass between Scafell and Scafell Pike.

We enjoyed spotting some of the climbing routes on Pikes Crag and Scafell it was good to finally scramble across the boulders and pikes of Scafell to make the final summit. Visibility was fine.

As we descended Scafell pike in a north east direction towards Broad crag the rain decided to start. Descending from the pass to join the corridor route the heavens opened we received a substantial soaking! However by the time we had proceeded a little way along towards the corridor route  the rain stopped and it brightened up.

The corridor route is a fantastic passage through wonderful mountain country. We made good progress and on arrival at Sty Head I tempted Louis and Keisha with another peak they were both concerned that we arrive back at Wasdale head in good time. With a sensible decision made we wandered down the Moses trod path to Wasdale head. We were early but enjoyed a drink in the pub at the end.

Lingmell Gill with Mickledore in the distance

The paths up scafell are excellent quality as we climbed onto Mickledore, unsurprisingly the path became steeper and more challenging as we had to walk across increasing patches of scree.
Looking towards Scafell from Mickledore.

Looking back to Scafell

Louis near the summit cairn

Fantastic river gorge on Lingmell
Sty Head
Sty Head Tarn
The return path to Lingmell Beck and the Moses trod path

Nearing wasddale head Yewbarrow fell in the distance

Amazing Arch, please don't jump up and down!
A pint at the pub!

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