Scafell Pike and Lingmell, 1st May 1999

An ascent of England's highest mountain, the 3210ft summit of Scafell Pike, from Seatoller in Borrowdale.

Top of Ruddy Gill

I've started off from Seatoller, the end of the bus ride from Keswick, and have ascended Grains Gill via Seathwaite farm. Having already got plenty of shots of Grains Gill I didn't start snapping away until I'd turned left to climb up past Ruddy Gill to Esk Hause. Allen Crags is seen up ahead. 

Esk Hause

The start of the climb from Esk Hause, one of Lakeland's most famous path junctions, to Scafell Pike. Great Gable and Green Gable are seen a couple of miles away.

Allen Crags

Looking north across Esk Hause to Allen Crags, 2572ft

Ill Crag

Looking south from the same point to Ill Grag, one of the tops of Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike ascent path

....rising southwestwards from Esk Hause

Esk Hause (2)

Looking southeastwards into the head of Eskdale

Scafell Pike ascent path (2)

The path climbs through Calf Cove at around 2700ft

Great End col

Looking northwestwards to the fells around Ennerdale and Borrowdale

Ill Crag

The first boulder field is reached, on the flanks of Ill Crag

Ill Crag (2)

The walk across Ill Crag's boulder field, at just below 2900ft, is rough and hard work.

Ill Crag Plateau

The last easy ground on the ascent. Broad Crag is ahead and to the right; Scafell Pike itself is the trapezoid-shaped summit threequarters of a mile to the south.

Broad Crag

The second boulder field is reached on the flanks of Broad Crag at 2950ft. Broad Crag col is seen ahead.

Broad Crag col

The path drops to the 2900ft col between Broad Crag and Scafell Pike, seen just a few hundred yards ahead now.

Broad Crag col (2)

Looking southwest from the col to Lingmell and the fells west of Wastwater

The Summit

An "art shot" that didn't quite come off - the ascent, into the sun, of Scafell Pike's summit dome

The Summit (2)

The last twenty feet of the ascent

The Summit (3)

Looking back to Broad Crag and the approach path

The Summit (4)

Ray McHaffie and his team built this summit cairn and shelter a few years ago for the National Trust, who own the mountain. They had to walk 5 miles and climb 3000ft to work each day for six weeks. Ray gives a very entertaining slide show three nights a week in Keswick, to raise money for the Borrowdale mountain rescue team. Highly recommended.

Summit Panorama

Looking due north from the summit. Styhead Tarn is seen a couple of miles away. Maiden Moor is the prominent top in the middle distance to the left, beside which Derwentwater can just be seen. Skiddaw and Blencathra apear on the skyline, each around 14 miles away.

Summit Panorama (2)

Broad Crag, Great End and the shoulder of Ill Crag feature prominently in this view to the northeast. The Dodds appear in the distance, roughly ten miles away. 

Summit Panorama (3)

Looking ENE towards Helvellyn and its neighbours in the distance. The dark dome in the middle distance is Ullscarf; The approach path to Scafell Pike can be seen crossing the col between Ill Crag and Broad Crag. 

Summit Panorama (4)

Centred slightly north of east, this view across the shoulder of Ill Crag also encompasses Esk Pike and the Langdale Pikes (the prominent little cone in the centre of shot is Pike O'Stickle). Fairfield appears beyond, with High Street about 15 miles away on the skyline.

Summit Panorama (5)

The view ESE with Bowfell to the left and Crinkle Crags to the right. Windermere appears between them, with Ingleborough some 35 miles beyond in the Pennines.

Summit Panorama (6)

Looking southeast. Crinkle Crags, with the vertical gash of Rest Gill, is on the left; some of the Coniston fells, notably Wetherlam, are on the right.

Summit Panorama (7)

The view SSE takes in Crinkle Crags, Wetherlam, Swirl How and the Old Man of Coniston. That's the Duddon Valley (or Dunnerdale) down on the right, one of the two valleys in Lakeland that don't have a lake.

Summit Panorama (8)

Looking a few degrees east of south, this shot is centred on Scafell Pike's south top and looks down the length of Dunnerdale to the Furness coast. Walna Scar is on the left, Harter Fell to the right.

Summit Panorama (9)

The view SSW across the eastern shoulder of Scafell into Eskdale, the other lakeless valley. Harter Fell is on the left, four miles away. 

Summit Panorama (10)

Looking southwest across the bulk of Scafell.

Summit Panorama (11)

Southwestwards to Scafell, England's second highest mountain. Scafell Crag rises to the right.

Summit Panorama (12)

WSW to Scafell Crag. The col between Scafell Pike and Scafell is called Mickledore and is out of sight from the summit. Wastwater appears to the right, with the Irish Sea out beyond lower Wasdale. On clear days the Isle of Man can be seen.

Summit Panorama (13)

Looking slightly south of west, across Wastwater towards Buckbarrow and Seatallan.

Summit Panorama (14)

Yewbarrow appears across the unseen Wastwater, and beyond it are Seatallan (to the left) and Haycock (to the right).

Summit Panorama (15)

Looking northwest into the bowl of Mosedale, with Red Pike, Scoat fell, Steeple, Pillar and Kirk Fell surrounding it. The High Stile group is further back to the right.

Summit Panorama (16)

North northwest across Lingmell and Kirk Fell in the direction of Buttermere and Crummock Water. High Stile is on the left in the distance; the Grasmoor group is to the right. On clear days Scotland can be seen across the Solway firth through the gap in the middle.

Summit Panorama (17)

Looking just west of north, towards the shapely cone of Great Gable two miles away. Grasmoor, Eel Crag and Grizedale Pike crowd the skyline to the left, with Skiddaw to the right.

Summit Panorama (18)

And back where we started, looking north across Styhead Tarn towards Derwentwater, Keswick and Skiddaw.

Lingmell col

Walking northwest off the summit, past Dropping Crag, towards the col between Scafell Pike and Lingmell.

Lingmell col (2)

The simple path up to Lingmell (2649ft) is seen beyond the col. Kirk Fell appears futher beyond.

The weather turned at this point and I took no more photos on this walk - just for the record, however, I tracked back to the col and dropped down to the Corridor Route, returning to Seatoller via Sty Head. I caught the bus back to Keswick with just six minutes to spare.

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This page last updated 2nd June 2001