Saturday, 1 July 2000

Red Screes

Red Screes from the Kirkstone Inn
Height: 776m (2,546ft)
Prominence: 260m (853ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Marilyn, Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn & trig pillar
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Fairfield via Stony Cove Pike & Red Screes - 03/05/2014
Red Screes, Middle Dodd, Little Hart Crag & High Hartsop Dodd - 12/01/2014
The summit trig pillar
What Wainwright said:

"Prominent in all views of the Lakeland fells from the lesser heights of South Westmorland is the high whale-backed mass of Red Screes, rising in a graceful curve from the head of Windermere and descending abruptly at its northern end".

Red Screes may be considered an outlier of the Fairfield group in the Eastern Fells, but is separated from its neighbours by low cols giving Red Screes an independence which is reflected in its prominence.

It forms part of the main watershed of the Lake District, which runs in an east-west direction across the summit and the two adjacent cols. All streams to the north eventually flow into the Solway Firth, and those to the south flow into Morecambe Bay.

Red Screes is an example of a fell which has taken the name of one of its sides, the screes which cover the eastern slopes above the Kirkstone Pass appear to have a reddish colouration.

The view is excellent in all directions particularly north along the Hartsop valley; Helvellyn and Striding Edge are seen to good advantage over the Deepdale Hause.

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