Since taking part in the Karrimor great trail challenge, Rich and I have rather fallen in the love with the Lake District so we decided to book a last-minute long weekend and this time do some hiking rather than running.
I would like to do the 3 peaks this year – Scafell Pike (England; 978 m), Snowdon (Wales; 1085 m) and Ben Nevis (Scotland; 1344 m), but in my own time so that I can appreciate each one not for a race!
This weekend, in true summit bagger style, we crossed Scafell Pike off the list. We probably could have done it ourselves, but we decided to do a guided walk with Adventure Peaks, a specialist walking and mountaineering company based in Ambleside. It just takes the stress out of map reading (and any arguing that might ensue!) and it’s always nice to meet people. The lovely Dan was our guide for the day!
We took the route starting from Seathwaite, Borrowdale, which is the slightly longer route (9.5 miles in total), but a relatively easy walk.
The walk goes via Styhead and the Corridor Route to reach Lingmell col. As it’s a longer route, it avoids many of the crowds than the shorter tourist route, which is used for the descent.
The weather, as you’d expect in the lakes, was fairly changeable ranging from quite warm in the sun and really quite cold and windy on the summit. I’m glad I had an extra layer with me as I was really feeling the cold when we stopped for lunch.
On the way up we passed an enormous group of people making their way down who were actually on their 3rd summit of the 4-peaks challenge (crazy people!), which also includes an extra peak in Ireland – Slieve Donard (850 m).
We started out at 10am and made the summit by just after 1pm.
Rich and I on the summit – shame about the lack of views!
We then made our way back down via the tourist route, which was actually quite busy as you’d expect, although not as busy as the week before in the sunshine – these fair weather walkers eh?
Little scamble on the way down.
Things I have learned after walking in the lakes:
– Always carry a waterproof and an extra layer!
– Percy pigs are obligatory on any walk!
– Wild swimming in some of the small lakes we passed on the way would be really cool
– Wild camping looks great too, although don’t drink the water! 🙂
– Kayaking is also now on the list (Dan our guide being an instructor!)