Scafell via West Wall Traverse 6 May 2012

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-05-16


Sunday 6th May - Scafell via West Wall Traverse

Yet another great day was enjoyed, by members and aspirants, on the Lake District Fells.


The party of nine set out from Seathwaite (very busy parking) up past Taylor Force to Styhead, then along the Corridor Route, where at one point it started snowing, to the Lingmell saddle. We then descended into Hollow Stones, via a boulder-strewn route, where we took a short break before ascending the scree leading into Lord’s Rake.


To the relief of the group, the National Park notice about the dangers of entering the steep, closed in, rake had been removed and, keeping close to the walls, the exit left onto the West Wall Traverse was gained without any problems.

 lords rake


This narrow rising ledge has probably the most exposed aspect of any Lakeland ‘walk’, with fantastic views down into Hollow Stones, and across to Lingmell, Great Gable, with it’s vast screes, Kirk Fell, Yewbarrow, Red Pike, Scoat Fell and Pillar.


The angle of ascent of the traverse steepened into Deep Gill where, once again, the enclosing walls provided good handholds and foot placement, and we were soon emerging onto flatter ground, which led us to the summit of Scafell. 


 scafell summit

Descending down the rocky path passed Fox’s Tarn to the Eskdale/Mickledore path, yet another climb lay in front of us to the saddle of Mickledore. Here we made the decision to drop down into Hollows Stones and back up to the Lingmell saddle, then back down the Corridor Route to Styhead, and follow the path via Stockley Bridge to Seathwaite.


Quite a ‘strenuous’ day (as per the programmed description), with a big bundle of praise to Sam (9) and Ros (12) Wilson, and their parents, Amanda and Graham. Thanks also to Bruce for the pictures and to Archie, Mike and Emily for their companionship.


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