Over the Saturday & Sunday we were looking after 3 walking groups all with their sights set for Scafell Pike and all achieving it.
With the help of two more local guides - Richie and Iain - our Saturday teams enjoyed good times and epic views during the walk. Iain had mentioned to me later how busy the main paths had been and this was to plant a seed in my mind for my trip up there on Sunday.
The forecast for Sunday was not as good as Saturday, less sun, a little rain / hail / snow!! But overall was still looking pretty good. We cruised up to the summit in a quick time and managed to find some shelter from the light, but cold breeze for lunch at the top. It was busy up there again today and as we descended it became apparent that many more walkers had set off late and hundreds were now making their way to the summit. The little seed from yesterday was sprouting in my head. I suggested we make a slight detour onto the flanks of Lingmell. This would bring soft, springy grass to walk on and very few other walkers. All were in favour of this alternative.
As we continued our day in complete tranquility whilst being able to gaze over to the masses on the Brown Tongue path, I think we all felt a little bit smug.
There are many benefits to hiring a local guide for the day, be it for a walk, scramble, or climb. Letting someone else deal with route finding and navigating is big part benefit. But also to give you the choice to get off the beaten track, get to know the mountain better, and explore where many won't.
If you'd like help with a walk or other mountain activities in the Lake District, please do get in touch.
Thanks to Richie, Iain, and our 3 awesome walking groups :-)
Thans for reading