Saturday, 1 July 2000

Great End

The huge cliffs of Great End over Sprinkling Tarn
Height: 910m (2,986ft)
Prominence: 56m (184ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
An Eskdale Round - 06/08/2016
Scafell Pike & Great End - 08/09/2014
Summit cairn
What Wainwright said:

"Nobody who is familiar with the topography of the Scafell area will have any doubts why Great End was so named: there could not be a more descriptive choice for the tremendous northern buttress of the mass. Great, it is, and the end of the highest plateau in the country".

Great End is the most northerly mountain in the Scafell chain, viewed from the north it appears as an immense mountain, with an imposing north face rising above Sprinkling Tarn.

The northeastern cliffs, riven by gullies, rise some 600 ft from the Esk Hause path. Their orientation ensures that the sun rarely reaches them, the gullies often retaining snow well into the spring. From the left when viewed from below the principal fissures are South East Gully, Central Gully and Cust's Gully.

The summit has two cairns of very similar height, that to the north-west being nearer to the cliff edge and having the better view. Northwards along Borrowdale, the vista is unsurpassed, but the whole panorama is excellent.

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