Scafell Pike trail marathon recce

Ben was keen to get to know the Scafell Pike trail marathon route as he has entered this awesome race taking place in June, organised by High Terrain events.

Not knowing the area he asked us to guide him along the route and also persuaded three of his friends, Darren, Colin and Tony to join him on the walk.

Overnight snow had fallen on the Lake District mountains and we were expecting a wet and cold day, quite a contrast from the sunshine we'd been enjoying all week.  Temperatures had also dropped from the previous day by about 10°c
and snow showers were forecast all day.  Luckily this proved wrong and although fairly cold and windy we had a pleasant, dry day with glimpses of sunshine. The covering of snow was very light and gave us no problems, but gave drama to the mountain scenery. 

We had a quick ascent with all four being quite fit and enthusiastic!  Ben kept running on ahead with his Go-pro to get photos to remind him of the route.  

Our route was from Seathwaite, up to Sty Head Tarn and then up the Corridor route to Lingmell Col and the summit of Scafell Pike.  The descent was past Broad Crag and Ill Crag to Esk Hause, then returning to Sty Head Tarn and back to Seathwaite.  This was a good 10 mile walk taking us around 6 hours to complete. 

Thanks Ben, Darren, Colin and Tony for a great day out in the fells.  


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