This track leads steeply up to pass a copse of trees. It was a warm day when I did this walk and it made for hard work in the sheltered confines of the valley but the view back down to Borrowdale made the effort worthwhile.
After the steep section, an easier high grassy valley is reached. The path follows this along to Styhead Tarn – a particularly pleasant place to stop. The picture shows Great End (910m/2985ft) with Styhead Pass the low saddle to the right. The route lies up to the pass just a little way above the tarn then left for a short distance before following the path branching right and downhill at first. This is the Corridor Route and it goes to the right of Great End as seen in the picture. Scafell Pike by the way is the far off peak on the right.
The path heads down to cross the stony bed of Skew Gill – don’t go up the ravine it’s not nice – and steeply up the far side to become an interesting traverse of the inhospitable looking slopes that fall to the Wasdale side. There are a few rough sections but nothing difficult. The picture is looking back to Great Gable the way we have come from mid way along the Corridor.
After passing the forbidding ravine of Piers Gill – definitely don’t go down there – a pleasant shelf is reached where there is a small tarn which is another good place to rest. This picture was taken on another day but it’s a nice view so I’ve included it here.
The main summit path soon branches off to the left and yes that is the quickest way to Scafell Pike but following the line of the wall and the other path to Lingmell Col gives a view of the 200 metre high ramparts of Scafell Crag and the wild beauty of Hollowstones – worth a diversion? I think so. The main path can be picked up again at Lingmell Col. Scafell is the second highest peak in England.
There is little good to say about the steep rough and often busy path to the summit whichever way you go but if you want to climb Scafell Pike then it is there to be done. At least the views from the top is one of the best in Lakeland.
Looking northwards to Skiddaw and Derwentwater with Styhead Tarn seen below. The summit is left by the path leading down to the northeast.
You will be thoroughly fed up of stones by now. The track from Scafell Pike traverses one of the roughest areas in the district before relatively smooth slopes with grass are reached. The view shows the Langdale Pikes on the left of the picture. When the col of Esk Hause is reached take the main (north easterly) path down a gentle slope to the stone shelter and turn left again once there (direction northwest). Alternatively one can take the short cut missing out the shelter altogether.
Less than a kilometre from the shelter a track branches right to follow Grains Gill back down to Stockley Bridge. If you miss this then you’ll end up at Sty Head where you can follow the ascent route back down past the tarn. Either is okay but Grains Gill offers some variation and is a little shorter.
In total this walk is about 13.5 km or 8.5 miles in length with a highpoint of 978m or 3210 feet at the summit of Scafell Pike. Please see my other blog for more Lake District walks and here’s an account of this route from Wasdale