Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Scafell Pike & Scafell = 4 x 3000 footers
TWO Wainwright circular walk: Scafell Pike and Scafell - plus Ill Crag and Broad Crag too!
Time: 6 - 7 hours (15km but about 4500 feet of overall ascent)
Parking: at Wasdale Head Green
|Walking between Ill Crag and Broad Crag (on a day without clouds!)
Four out of the five highest peaks in England can be reached from Wasdale Head. Scafell Pike (3210 feet) and Scafell (3162 feet) are well known but the other two - Ill Crag (3068 feet) and Broad Crag (3064 feet) - are often bypassed by walkers. In part, their lack of fame is down to Wainwright deciding (and it's a fair decision) that the two Crags are really only subsidiary peaks of Scafell Pike. But geography still places all four peaks above 3000 feet in altitude!
The walk outlined below is for the fit walker who fancies the challenge of reaching the top of all four of these peaks from Wasdale Head in one hike. It ascends via the scenic 'Corridor Route' and then the less often used path up to the Broad Crag col. It also requires descending down to the Foxes Tarn gully in order to be able to ascend back up again to Scafell. The route therefore requires about 4500 feet of ascent - and descent! - overall. But overall, it's a great day out (although sadly one I did on a day that thick clouds settled above 2700 feet or so - so there are no photos of summit views!)
|Strava estimates a walking distance of around 15km
|An early start up the valley of the Lingmell Beck
2. After crossing the narrow wooden bridge over the beck, the 'Moses Trod' route along the flank of Great Gable leaves up to your left. Continue onwards until you reach a fork in the paths. The left-hand fork takes you up to Sty Head. You should take the right fork, keeping to the valley floor.
|Keep right at this fork, keeping to the valley floor
|The muddy path out of Skew Gill
8. The Corridor Route is easy to follow and is well waymarked by cairns. There are fine views back down the valley that you have ascended, towards Wasdale Head.
|Follow the 'roadsign' on Mickledore towards Eskdale
|Looking out over Wast Water from the August heather
Worth knowing: This walk takes you to the top of four of the five highest peaks in England - but what are the other peaks in the 'top ten' ?