|9.2 km or 5.7 miles
|1000m or 3281ft
|1001m or 3284ft
The weather was humid and hazy and after the recent good weather everything is very dry. We started our walk at around14:30 to make use of the long days. During our ascent of Lingmell we could see masses of charity walkers coming down the main route. But the route to Lingmell was as quiet as you can expect in a popular place.
By the time we got to the summit of Scafell Pike (18:00) it was quiet enough to stand on the structure alone and take selfies. Then we headed over to Mickledore to descend.
Quite easy to get there and again no-one else was on that route. Picture from the jaws of Mickledore looking towards Yewbarrow.
The stone chute down from Mickledore was treacherous. You would have to really like steep places with lots of loose rock covering you in red powder and the constant feeling you are about to be guest of honour in a rock avalanche to enjoy that. The scree that followed was unpleasant too. The climbers traverse to the foot of Lords Rake might be a better option. Anyway once we re-joined the main route down there was a constant steam of 'Charity' walkers coming up so it was more like wrestling your way up the high street doing Christmas shopping.