Scafell Pike via Corridor Route (from Langdale)


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By Lancashire Lad on 27/10/16 at 4:50pm

Date started:09/05/2016
Distance:23.8 km or 14.8 miles
Ascent:1698m or 5571ft
Start OSGB:NY286061
Time taken:9:30
Naismith:7:35

The forum seems to be very quiet at the moment, so I thought I'd add a walk that I did earlier this year.

Starting from the NT car park adjacent to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, I walked along Mickleden, and then followed the newer (part-pitched) path up Rossett Gill to Angle Tarn, before continuing up Tongue Head, to Esk Hause.

Descending from there I carried on past the impressive north-eastern face of Great End, which was still showing just a few remnants of winter snow high in the gullies. Then, onwards to Sprinkling Tarn, with the descent continuing towards Sty Head, to pick up start of the Corridor Route.

I never cease to be impressed with the views that can be had by taking the Esk Hause - Corridor Route approach, and even though it considerably extends the walk from Langdale to Scafell Pike (both in terms of Mileage and overall ascent), I think it adds immeasurably to the walk as an alternative to what would be the "normal" Esk Hause-Calf Cove-Ill Crag-Broad Crag ascent route.

As ever, up at Scafell Pike, a good number of people were milling around, so I made my way over to the south-west edge of the summit area to have lunch, and take in the spectacular view across Mickledore towards Scafell.

After lunch, I took the short steep descent to Broad Crag col, then up to Broad Crag and Ill Crag, and onwards to Great End, from where I descended to Esk Hause, by way of Calf Cove.

From here, my original intent had been to retrace my walk-in route down Rossett Gill and along Mickleden. However, now being back at Esk Hause, still enjoying the superb sunny weather, with time to spare, and with the legs still feeling good, I decided to carry on over Esk Pike, and then across to Bowfell, before finally descending via The Band and Stool End Farm back to the car. - Another great day in the Lakes!

GPX track of the walk: -

Early morning sun on the Langdale Pikes. I just can't resist taking a photo of this superb view every time I'm on my way into Great Langdale!

Early morning sun on The Langdale Pikes.

Looking across the terminal moraines of Mickleden to Rossett Pike: -

Rossett Pike and the terminal Moraines in Mickleden.

A close up of Bowfell's Great Slab, taken from the plateau at top of Rossett Gill: -

Close-up of The Great Slab

Angle Tarn and the crags of Hanging Knotts: -

Angle Tarn and the crags of Hanging Knotts.

Great End, still showing a few patches of winter snow: -

Great End.

Looking towards Limgmell from the Corridor Route: -

Lingmell from the Corridor Route.

The "awkward" step, on the Corridor Route, with Great Gable beyond. Note the way-marker arrows scratched on the rocks to assist walkers who may not be familiar with that part of the route: -

The awkward step on the Corridor Route.

Great Gable dominating the view from Scafell Pike's summit slope: -

Great Gable dominating the view from Scafell Pike's summit slope.

A zoomed-in shot of climbers on Great Gable's Napes Needle. (Taken from same location as the shot above): -

Climbers on Napes Needle.

Scafell from the south western edge of Scafell Pike's summit plateau: -

Scafell from Scafell Pike.

The memorial tablet on Scafell Pike's summit cairn: -

Scafell Pike Summit Memorial Tablet.

Scafell Pike's summit triangulation pillar: -

Scafell Pike's summit triangulation pillar.

Looking across Little Narrowcove, from the descent slope to Broad Crag col, with Bowfell and Crinkle Crags on the Horizon.

Looking across Little Narrowcove to Ill Crag, with Bowfell & Crinkle Crags beyond.

Great Gable, Green Gable, and Sty Head Tarn, from Great End summit: -

Great Gable, Green Gable, and Sty Head Tarn, from Great End summit.

Looking back to Scafell Pike from Great End summit: -

Looking back to Scafell Pike from Great End summit.

Looking down Central Gully from Great End summit plateau: -

Looking down Central Gully from Great End summit plateau.

Looking down to Sprinkling Tarn from Great End summit plateau: -

Looking down to Sprinkling Tarn from Great End summit plateau.

The Langdale Pikes from Great End summit plateau: -

The Langdale Pikes from Great End summit plateau.

Amazing views from Esk Hause: -

Amazing views from Esk Hause area.

The Three Tarns and Crinkle Crags, from Bowfell summit: -

The Three Tarns and Crinkle Crags, from Bowfell summit.

Pike of Blisco, taken on the descent from Bowfell summit to Three Tarns area: -

Pike of Blisco, taken on the descent from Bowfell summit to Three Tarns area.

Heading down The Band, back to Langdale. - Tired but happy!

Heading down The Band, back to Langdale.

Regards, Mike.



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