Weather: fine, dry, a bit humid, very light winds & cloudy, although cloud base was above the summits (see below for more on weather)
Still enjoying a few days off at the moment so took the opportunity to fill in one of the "missing pieces" in the Lake District: I climbed Scafell Pike a few years ago and have been up Skiddaw & Helvellyn many times so Sca Fell was the only English 3000'er remaining.
I thought about going via Lord's Rake but reckoned it'd be climbing with the hoardes (first weekend in August) so I picked a fairly conservative route:
I did wander about a bit exploring various options but essentially the route was: Brackenclose; Hollow Gill; Green How Path; Summit; Descent West towards Burnmoor Tarn; with deviation off to take in Maiden Castle Cairn; back to Brackenclose.
I was surprised (maybe everyone else was in Lord's Rake or on Scafell Pike?) because:
- didn't see anybody on the way up
- only about 8 people on the summit (of which three, quite independently, asked which mountain they were on!!)
- only saw two couples on the way down
Also, I expected to find "motorway" paths throughout the area - this was not the case.
A few pictures below & more on Facebook:
|Sca Fell Summit|
|Not many folk here|
|They're all on Scafell Pike!!|