One of our clients, Matthew requested three big days out taking in Scafell Pike, the Kentmere Horseshoe and Snowdon – fast walking and lots of mountains. He’d mentioned that he had recently been up and down Ben Nevis in three and a half hours so we were primed for some speedy walks taking in the miles!
On the first of the three days I took Matthew up Scafell Pike on the route from Langdale. This is twelve miles in distance and for most walkers a long day out in itself. We flew up Mickleden, quickly ascended Rosset Ghyll passing lots of D of E groups on their way over to Wasdale. Esk Hause was reached a short while later, then up over the shoulders of Ill Crag and Broad Crag before climbing up the steep ascent to the summit of Scafell Pike. We’d started in rain but the weather had improved quickly and we sat on the summit having a bite of lunch enjoying the superb views.
I suggested that as we were making good time we could take in some other summits which was eagerly accepted…so on the way back to Langdale we scrambled up to the rocky summits of Broad Crag and Ill Crag and then also took in Great End which by then was in cloud – so unfortunately no views here. Going back down Rossett Ghyll we passed yet more D of E groups ascending slowly to camp at Angle Tarn. Mickleden again was swift and so we arrived back at the car having been out only 6 hours, covering over 13 miles and taking in 4 of the biggest summits in the Lakes.
Matthew yet again was keen to have a fast day out, taking in the miles and Jim kindly accommodated this by extending the walk on the way back to add in a couple more miles and peaks before returning to the car!
A big thanks to Matthew, Jim and Steve for three super mountain days!