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Scafell and Slight side

17th May 2014

Route - Wasdale head - Brackenclose - Groove gill - Green How - Scafell - Slight Side - Broad Tongue - Hardrigg Gill - Brackenclose - Wasdale Head ( about 8.5 miles 3250ft ascent)

Mark and myself traveled up to Wasdale to tackle his final Lakeland 3000ft peak

Great Gable looking great in the great weather.

And Kirk Fells' not looking too bad either.

Illgill Head ahead.

Buckbarrow and Middle fell across Wastwater.

The unique double bridge spanning Hollow Gill and Groove Gill. We turned left just after here and started up the grassy slpoes.

Yewbarrow across the water.

Zooming in on Great Door. 

Burnmoor tarn appears as we climb higher.

Still plodding up the grassy slopes.

Now Harter fell shows itself.

Looking in to Mosedale

And zooming in to the scree run down from Wind Gap. Done once but never again !

Great Gable from near the top of Scafell.

and a closer look

There were perhaps 7 or 8 people on Scafell but across on the pike it was business as usual.

The stone cross found in the saddle.

We had a wander over to take a look at the magnificent rock scenery around the head of Deep Gill.

Looking down to the West Wall Traverse, this was near as I could get to the edge.

The Pinnacle.

Deep Gill Buttress.

Looking over Broad Stand to the Pike. The worn path down to Mickledore clearly visible. Some climbers came up Broad Stand as we were watching.

Whin Rigg and Illgill Head split Burnmoor tarn and Wastwater

Grasmoor, Crag Fell and Sail amongst others in the distance.

Looking down on Slight Side, our next target.

And looking back to Scafell and Long Green.

Esk pike and the head of the river Esk

The Scafell range from Slight Side.

Ill Crag a fine mountain in it's own right.

We came across several pieces of the two Hurricanes which crashed on the slopes of Slight Side in 1941. We had intended to look for the memorial to the two Polish airmen who lost their lives here but Mark has not been walking for a while and was feeling the strain so we headed down the fell.

Great How on Eskdale fell

Looking back to Slight Side which from here just looks a grassy lump but is much more impressive when seen from the Eskdale Side.

Burnmoor tarn again as we drop down above Oliver Gill

Muncaster fell in the distance. Burnmoor Lodge bottom left.

Scafell from Hardrigg Gill

Evening light on the fells around Wasdale head.

Wastwater in the evening.

Scafell on the right and Pikes Crag on the left.

Last walk - Pen-y-ghent - Next walk - Mardale and Coledale