Today was the day to finish off the Wainwrights (its been delayed a bit because I was told I wasn't allowed to do it by myself!) and we had stunning weather to go with it.


Date: 9th May 2012 Ascent (m/ft): 1484m (4869ft)
  Start Location: Eskdale Highest Point: Scafell Pike (978m/3210ft)
  Time Started: 09:05 Parking: Carpark opp. Wha House Farm
  Duration: 6 Hours 55 Minutes Weather: Warm, Mostly Sunny

18.2km - 11.30 Miles

Difficulty: Difficult
Eskdale - Taw House - Scale Gill - Cam Spout - Mickledor - Scafell Pike - Mickledor - Foxes Tarn - Sca Fell - Slight Side (214) - Eskdale
Heading north into Eskdale with the towering skyline of Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.
Waterfalls at Scale Bridge.
Harter Fell across Eskdale. Last time I was in Eskdale I was summit this peak.
And this one too, which is Green Crag.
The last peak of the day; Slight Side... and the only one left for me!
Slight Side and Scafell Pike to the left. Esk Pike to the right.
From down here in Eskdale you can see why old folk used to call them the Pikes of Scafell. The tops on the skyline are Scafell Pike (summit not in view), Ill Crag, Esk Pike and Bowfell.
Can you see the wild campers at the base of Scafell Pike?
Upper Eskdale - one of the most remote places in the Lake District.
Cam Spout waterfall. Our route was to scramble up the right hand side of it.
Up we go!
The view over Upper Esldale which is about 370m above sea level.
Waterfalls along How Beck. On a hot summers day these pools would be perfect for a quick dip!
Sca Fell now in view.
Almost 5 miles in and we're still going uphill... The annoying thing is we have to come back down this way to get to the Foxes Tarn path.
Lords Rake. Is it me or has the chockstone fallen slightly since I was last here?
The summit trig column on Scafell Pike.
The view north to Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Blencathra.
Great Gable backed by the North Western Fells.

Sca Fell. Out next target via the small gully on the left (not Broad Stand)

Made it! Congratulations Emily on your first summiting of Englands Highest! Time to head back down towards Sca Fell.
Foxes Tarn route. I wasn't expecting it to be so similar to Lords Rake - just without the scree. Much easier than Lords Rake though!
Getting closer to Foxes Tarn.
Lots of people now on Scafell Pike (there were about 15 when we were up there).
Foxes Tarn. Supposedly the highest tarn in the lakes but I have to agree with Sean at that the highest would be Long Top Tarn on Crinkle Crags.
Sca Fell summit cairn.
Whin Rigg and Illgill Head. Thats Burnmoor Tarn to the left and Wast Water to the right.
A few people standing on Bowfell today.
The ridge we are going to follow which will takeus down to Slight Side.
Buckbarrow, Seatallan and Middle Fell. Wast Water is looking pretty calm at the moment.

Approaching the last peak; Slight Side.

Slight Side summit cairn.
And this time with the view down to Eskdale behind.
Harter Fell and Green Crag. The rounded peak in the distance to the right is Black Comb.
Thats the last Wainwright completed! All 214 summits! From the 4th April 2007 when I went up Pavey Ark through to 9th May 2012 ending on Slight Side... Time for a little celebration with a couple of small bottles of drink and one of the longest walks back to the car that I can remember!