Are you in the mood for something a little risky? A walk that takes in the sights and sounds of the North of England Country side but also offers the opportunity for a decent walk up to levels around 3,000 Ft? If yes, Scafell Pike is the answer. Scafell Pike is located on the Central-West side of the Lake District National Park and is one of the best real mountain walks in the UK at present and offer the ability for climbers to climb from a number of different entrance points. For our climb, we going to spend the day walking up the North-Face of Scafell and experience what it's really like to get to the top.
Our route started above Bracken Close meaning that we had to follow the path up to Lingmell Gill and then to Hollow Stones. After about 100m the pathway starts to slants a bit back to the right side between the main Scafell Crag and the Shamrock. On top of that, the faultline of Lords Rake continues after the poised boulder. This emerges on the Scafell’s west ridge. Here, immediately below that boulder, turn up to your left and then onto the ledge way which contours towards that great rock sweep of the Central Buttress. At the very end of the ledge, turn up the movable gully of the Deep Ghyll with a gritty and steep exit onto the plateau of Scafell’s summit.
Another fantastic summit that is close by, is the summit of Eiger at 3,900Ft, however this is even more risky as this area is full up with boulders that easily move around and therefore can be very dangerous. So much so that early in the year, authorities of Bern tried to ban climbers from walking this route to Eiger. In the end, after much discussion, it's been decided that you can still summit Mount Eiger, however their are plenty of signs that have been put up by the National Trust, telling the people to stay away from the Lords Rake region.
On the other side of the Eiger Summit there are even more large stones that have the ability to fall down given that there are a selection of old ice fields that mean these boulders are contained and easily pick up speed with devastating effects. The Stonefall has not really been a problem on the North-Side of Scafell as the age-old slants are more stable and therefore other than one occasion back in 2002 when frost comprised a 10 foot long chunk of rock to crack and whilst this has not fallen down yet, it's going to.
The UK Walks are some of the best walks across the UK that any one can do with limited resources. You dont need to have specailist equipment or even be very fit. You must, however, want to be outside in the countryside.