: An English Munro: Scafell Pike
27th August 2019
were not sure what weather to expect. As we drove
around south-west Cumbria to Wasdale, it was a lovely
morning. Emma was with me in my car; Scott was
following us with Luca and Ellie. A buzzard accompanied
us part of the way, hoping from fence post to fence
looked spectacular as we approached Wast Water. It
was calm and the hills at the head of the lake reflected
beautifully in the water. The high tops were,
however, under a thin layer of cloud.
aim was for Scott to achieve his second English Munro-
Scafell Pike. Helvellyn had been his first.
parking at the National Trust car park, we set
off up the Tourist Route as did many others.
we continue all the way to the top or should we branch
off to ascend via Mickledore? Much would depend
on the cloud cover.
on, it seemed that keeping to the main path would be
the more sensible but as we neared the junction the
cloud cleared and we could see the route.
it was to be. The path less travelled. In
fact, no-one else on it, which was a bit of a worry.
the final climb involved negotiating a bit of scree.
Rather than climb to the col, we chose a side
cleft which had obviously been well used. It provided
a nice short easy scramble. It was then a relatively
gentle amble to the summit. Which was busy. Very!
But the views....!
the obligatory photos (one being sent to brother Alan
for his birthday).....
dropped down a little for our lunch stop.
descent was fun. Trying to keep up with Luca was
quite a challenge but I just about managed to keep him
within calling distance!
trouble was that I had promised the first one back an
ice cream. I had of course intended to promise
the same to the rest of the party, irrespective of position
but he was off like a shot. Spots of rain made
some of the rocks a little skiddy but it didn't slow
him down that much!
the caravan canteen at the car park had closed. Fortunately
Scott had to stop for petrol at Broughton in Furness
on the way home and, yes, the garage did have the promised
rewards. A happy day.
Tuesday 27th June 2019