Left North Wales on Thursday, the weather was going to be rubbish in Snowdonia and therefore I abandoned my plans of doing the Snowdon Horse-shoe. Looked at the iPhone app for Meteo Blue and found that the Lake District was going to be one of the best places in the UK for weather for the coming week. Booked up a camp site at Santon Bridge – Eskdale, however we did not arrive until after 8pm, the owner was not about and the camp site looked full. I decided that we would take the motor home up to Wasdale Head and park up overnight. What some ‘motor – homers’ laughingly call wild camping and I simply call ‘off grid’. They were a few other motor homes/ camper vans there as well. Had a drink in the Wasdale Head Inn and settled down for the night.
Next morning I did a short up and down walk of Lingmell – which apart from Yewbarrow is I think the only peak I haven’t walked in this area.
The sun shone strongly as I started up the path that most people use for walking Scafell Pike from Wasdale. After a short while I left this path and climbed steeply up the grass slope towards the high stile over the wall. Carried on up the rocky path over Goat Crags where I met a lady coming down who was doing her penultimate Wainwright on Lingmell – just Kirk Fell to do. We had a quick chat and I moved quickly on toward the top.
Shortly after, I got a good view of both Scafells, which unusually were not shrouded in cloud, I took a few photos.
After a short section of fairly level walking, there was one more steep climb before arriving at the summit cairn.
Great views at the top, I stopped for food and drink, took a few more photos (see below) .
Left the summit and quickly made my way back down to Wasdale Head.
On a day like that I would have nipped over to do the Scaffell’s as well. There is some nice photos there Mark.
Martin – I think you are absolutely right – normally I would have done. Was on a bit of tight schedule – we were on holiday and we had not found a campsite for the weekend and bearing in mind it was August in the Lakes – I thought I had better get back so I could do some phoning around. Eventually found somewhere after phoning 5 sites.
That climb up Lingmell is a killer I find, even more now than years ago of course!. The views are well worth it from the summit area though. I had a good pitch near there one time and an early climb to a deserted Scafell Pike in sunshine.
Yes Geoff you are right, that climb up from the Scafell path up the grass slope – is a killer. The views are one of the best I have seen in the area. Good idea to pitch up there high and then tackle Scafell Pike. I normally go via the corridor route – must try it sometime.