From: Wasdale National Trust Campsite
Parking: Wasdale National Trust Campsite
Start Point: Wasdale National Trust Campsite
Region: Southern Fells
Route length: 7.0 miles (11.2km)
Time taken: 3:46
Average speed: 1.9mph
Wainwrights on this walk:
Additional summits: None
Other points of interest: Lord's Rake, Burnmoor Tarn
Route: Wasdale NT Campsite, Brackenclose, Hollow Stones, Mickledore, Lord's Rake, Scafell, Hard Rigg, Burnmoor Tarn, Maiden Castle
For a more up to date post regarding Lord's Rake with better photos, please head on over here.
The chockstone has recently collapsed (August 2106) so caution is advised if you aim to tackle Lord's Rake
Another weekend in Wasdale, another Scafell to climb. This time, the actual Scafell, as opposed to it's bigger brother, Scafell Pike. The challenge here would be tackling Lord's Rake, a gully that climbs to the summit of Scafell. I'd read up about this with some trepidation and the variety of comments seemed to suggest it's steep. VERY steep. With lots of loose scree and rocks. And a precariously balanced rock at the top. What's not to like and what better way to reach the summit of the number two mountain in England? I must point out that some of these pics are courtesy of one of the other walkers in our group as my camera has decided it doesn't really like being bashed about any more.
|Scafell from Scafell Pike. Lord's Rake is the vertical line of scree to the right of the picture|
Unlike the previous two weekends in the Lakes, my luck with the weather final came to an end. Low clouds shrouded the higher summits for both days and rain lashed down during the evenings. Luckily, the rain held off while we were in the hills which was a welcome relief as the forecast had been terrible but improved slightly as the weekend approached.
To ascend Scafell via Lord's Rake, we first had to climb up to get there. Starting from the campsite, we headed up the main path next to Lingmell Beck which takes most of the walking traffic up to Scafell Pike. The climbing is steady and the view of Wasdale behind improves as you gain altitude. The path itself, however, is fairly uninteresting, thanks to it's location within the valley of Lingmell Beck. Not before long, we had reached the point where we needed to leave the main route and head towards Lord's Rake.
|The well laid path the leads up towards Scafell from Wasdale|
|The cairn pinpoints the location where the paths split|
|The steep, slippery slopes we crossed|
|Oblivion awaits below|
|A rare picture of me in action|
|The foot of Lord's Rake shrouded in the low clouds|
|It was impossible to see the top through the clouds|
|A view up the rake from a safe haven|
|Our gang discuss the next move|
|The chock stone emerges at the top|
|Climbing up towards the chockstone|
|After crossing underneath (or around) the chockstone, you can see the small area where the two rocks touch|
|Lord's Rake continues into the distance after the chock stone|
|The top of Lord's Rake above Scafell Crag|
|The second highest man in England (maybe)|
|The rocky section at the start of the descent|
|'It's over there'. Burnmoor Tarn is the next objective|
|The shores of Burnmoor Tarn|
|Maiden Castle with Scafell in the background|
|The old corpse road as it descends back to Wasdale Head|
|Some abandoned buildings line the route back to Wasdale Head|
It's arguably one of best ways for regular walkers to reach the second highest summit in England.