April now seems about a million years ago, but the final walk on our trip was good enough that I felt it deserved a proper airing. We were - as you’ll hopefully remember - staying in Wasdale, which provides a starting point for the ascent of Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in England at 978m. Although this hill can be a bit 'touristy', especially on a nice day, we still wanted to climb it, as my husband had never been up it before.
I first climbed Scafell Pike when I was about 8 years old, with my dad carrying my 4-year-old sister (I have no idea how he managed that!). Having now done the climb again, it seems I’d forgotten most of the walk, so I'm glad I had the opportunity to refresh my memory.
Our plan for the day was to ascend Scafell Pike via Piers Gill and the ‘Bad Step’. Once we’d reached the peak (and taken the obligatory photos) we were then going to bag a few other peaks on our way down.
We'd been waiting for good weather to do this walk, and boy did we get it! The sun was shining, the sky was blue, but it wasn't too hot. It was a perfect day for walking.
As usual, I’ll let the photos do the talking, with a bit of commentary along the way...
Ascending Scafell Pike
This so-called 'Bad Step' is a rock wall that you need to climb to continue on along the path. It's tricky, but certainly doable without ropes or other climbing equipment (for us anyway). It did amaze me that my 8-year-old self had managed to climb it. Of course, my dad had me attached to a rope on that occasion, but apparently I climbed it myself, I wasn't hauled up. I quite enjoyed the climb this time round, but I have to say I wouldn't have fancied going down that way.
As soon as we hit the top of Piers Gill, the path intersected with a more popular route up the hill. Given what a lovely day it was, we'd been surprised not to see more people sooner, but now there was a veritable flood. As Scafell Pike is - unfortunately for us - a tourist destination, and the sun was shining brightly, there were people of all different sorts up near the summit, some of whom were definitely not wearing the right clothes!
Despite the sunshine, there were still small patches of snow scattered around the summit and in little crevices on the route up.
The route down - Broad Crag, Ill Crag & Great End
We left the summit of Scafell Pike on a path heading north east, aiming first for the nearby peak of Broad Crag.