Upper Eskdale is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District, but is thankfully left relatively remote and serene. Though Scafell Pike is crowded, most people ascending to the roof of England will do so from Wasdale or Borrowdale, thus not appreciating the magnificent valley to the south-east. Taking in the major fells that ring the head of Eskdale, this round includes many of the highest, most interesting and most popular peaks in England, allowing the walker to fully enjoy this wonderful corner of the Lake District. It makes a lovely two-dayer, but could also be done in one relatively long day. A UKH Destination article accompanies this Route Card: http://www.ukhillwalking.com/articles/pa...
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Distance: 13.55 miles (21.81 km)
Total ascent: 1,683m
Steepest Gradient: 37% (1 in 3)
Time: 9 – 10 hours (Walking)
SummitsSlight Side 762 m
Symonds Knott 959 m
Scafell Pike 978 m
Broad Crag 934 m
Ill Crag 935 m
Great End 910 m
Esk Pike 885 m
Bowfell North Top 866 m
Shelter Crags 815 m
Crinkle Crags - Long Top 859 m
Crinkle Crags - South Top 834 m
Brotherilkeld, Eskdale, NY211011
Generally following paths, but the terrain can be rocky on the summits and boggy in the valley. There is some easy scrambling on Crinkle Crags. Especially on the tops, there are many paths going in similar or different directions, so take care to go in the right direction, especially in low visibility.
Being a relatively high altitude walk for England, the walker should be equipped for harsh conditions, particularly in winter. After lots of rain the streams in the valley can swell rapidly.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
National rail services to Ravenglass, Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway to Boot: http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk.
OS Explorer OL6 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 89 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Coniston (015394 41533); Seatoller (017687 77294); Broughton-in-Furness (01229 716 115)