Hills: Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Scafell Pike
Date: Saturday 21st July 2018
Company: Myself, Becky and Cuillin
Distance: 17.7km, Ascent: 1075m
Time: 8Hrs 50Mins
We set off early this morning towards
Borrowdale with a view to ascending Scafell Pike from Seathwaite. All going
well this would be my third ascent of Scafell Pike and Becky and Cuillin's
first ascent. My two previous ascents were from Seathwaite, via Corridor
Route, and from Wasdale Head. Today we would be ascending via Esk Hause.
From Seathwaite we set off walking through the farm and beyond via the
track leading to Stockley Bridge.
As there were a number of sheep about I kept Cuillin on a short lead.
On track to Stockley Bridge:
During the walk towards Stockley Bridge we could see low cloud down to
around 300m. We hoped this would lift as the day progressed but alas it did
On track to Stockley Bridge:
Seathwaite Fell and Taylorgill Force:
On reaching Stockley Bridge we stopped for a quick photo before starting
our ascent via the track leading to Sty Head.
Looking back towards Seathwaite:
It wasn't long before we were up into the cloud. We stopped to put on
waterpoofs and the camera thereafter remained mostly in its bag.
From Sty Head we followed the track leading to Esk Hause passing
Sprinking Tarn en-route. It definitely was not sprinkling today.
Cuillin at Sprinkling Tarn:
On passing Broad Crag we decided to ascend to its summit via lots of
boulders. This was Becky's first ever Furth.
At the summit of Broad
After carefully making our way down the array of wet boulders we
continued on towards Scafell Pike but en-route took another detour to also
ascend Ill Crag. The ascent of Ill Crag was even tricker than Broad Crag
with again lots of numerous wet boulders to negotiate.
At the summit
of Ill Crag:
From Ill Crag we double-backed a short distance to reach the Scafell
Pike track which we then followed to the summit of Scafell Pike. We had to
take care during the final ascent as the track is somewhat steep and eroded.
Becky and Cuillin did well ascending Scafell Pike via this route.
Atop the large summit cairn of Scafell Pike:
Scafell Pike summit cairn:
After visiting the summit cairn we stopped for a bite to eat and a drink
before making our way back via the same route with the exception of not
ascending Ill Crag and Broad Crag during the walk back.
Cuillin atop Scafell Pike:
Becky descending from Esk Hause to Sty Head:
On reaching Sty Head we could see that the cloud was at last starting to
lift albeit still not above the summits.
Looking back towards Great
During the return we also had a couple of brief stops at Sty Head and
Back at the Sty Head Stretcher Box:
Descent towards Stockley Bridge:
A wee break at Stockley Bridge:
Well done to Becky and Cuillin on ascending these hills from Seathwaite. The
ascent is hard on the feet and knees as it is on hard track, man-made steps
and boulders for almost 100% of the route. Definitely a sare-feet walk.