Sunday, 2nd August 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Moasdale, Lingcove Beck, Great Moss, River Esk, Cam Spout, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Esk Hause, Esk Pike, Ore Gap, Bow Fell, Three Tarns
Start Point: Lay-by ˝mile beyond Cockley Bridge Grid Reference: NY 241 017
Distance: 12.4 miles Ascent: 5,200 feet
Time: 8.5 hours    
Weather: A fine day with some sunny spells. Cloud cover and a cold breeze on Scafell Pike summit.
Comments: Fourteen walkers attended for this very strenuous walk and were well rewarded with nearly perfect weather. The trek up and down Moasdale and across the Great Moss was very wet underfoot due to heavy recent rainfall. The rivers, although not in spate, were also very full making crossings “tricky”. Views were generally very good all day and we did manage a view from the Pike summit before the cloud descended on us. A very rewarding day!

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Outward bound up Moasdale

 

Negotiating the boggy path up Moasdale, Grey Friar in the distance

 

The sun highlights the flanks of Scafell Pike, which is hidden in the clouds

 

Treading carefully across Moasdale

 

Cam Spout from the head of Moasdale

 

One method of crossing Lingcove Beck . . .

 

and a different approach

 

Coffee break at Sca Lathing with Scafell Pike in cloud

 

Passing Green Crag

 

Crossing the River Esk

 

Cam Spout

 

Almost up to Broad Stand, a steep climb

 

Wastwater from Mickledore, with Lord's Rake on the left

 

The group takes a rest on Mickledore . . .

 

and Sheila finds the perfect seat

 

Scafell Pike summit . . .

 

where Ian is on top of the world (or should I say England!)

 

The Langdale Fells with Windermere in the distance

 

Alison and Debbie 'bag' . . .

 

Esk Pike

 

Sca Fell and Scafell Pike

 

Afternoon tea on Bow Fell summit

 

Looking south to Pike o' Blisco, Wetherlam, Cold Pike and Swirl How

 

We eventually reach the gate, what a relief, with Scafell Pike in the distance

 

View from the gate with Esk Pike and Bow Fell in the distance

 

The Scafell range from Moasdale

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