Shortly before packing up we were passed by this RAF Sea King that flew around the summit of the Pike before hovering directly above the cairn for quite a few minutes, neither myself or Tim could understand what was happening nor the dozens of walkers who had also stopped to watch what was happening unfold. Tim I’m gonna have to take the boots off & empty the stones out. You may be able to make out a small stretch of water in the foreground which bases itself beneath the summit of Great End, this is Lambfoot Dub, which by all accounts is also on this years ‘to do list’. We came up with the notion in lets enjoy the long walk back through Upper Eskdale & Brotherikeld rather than ‘run’ through it as we both agreed we wouldn’t want to be returning home late evening. PIke O'Stickle South Face It is a sea of boulder and rock. Tackling Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head is an ‘easier approach’ and definitely the quickest. Before Taw house is reached we flank Brotherikeld Farm from where we crossed the River Esk via a long narrow wooden footbridge which then dropped us out right into a farmers field full of sleeping sheep…sleeping until we got there that is. Not after completing the longest continuous scrambling gradient in England. Catbells elevation & distance. It was shortly before 2pm by the time we reached Lingcove Bridge, after passing numerous skinny dippers who swam & paddled in the crystal clear waters of Lingcove Beck under the warmth of a mid afternoon sun. The situation is wonderful as is the continuous scrambling interest. Cockley Cley All Saints is an ancient parish. Crescent Climb (moderate rock climb) on Pavey Ark may be a scramble to some, but the lack of protection and exposure would render this a rock climb to others. Here we find our way over more fixed boulder until we agreed to reach the next point at which we would stop again & re-evaluate the route. After topping out on Brock Crags we pick up a narrow grassy path that expands a wide plateau, here the path is still moist underfoot, in other places the track appears dry & cracked but in all a pleasure to follow knowing what awaited us as a section of the path blinds itself around a section of grassy outcrops up ahead. I was the first to give Tim the good news. Scafell Pike from the path to Esk Hause. “The longest continuous scrambling gradient in England”. The Bochwlyd Horseshoe initially ascends Tryfan’s North Ridge, the longest sustained Scramble in Snowdonia, before descending Tryfan South Ridge (the less exciting route! Even then, the mercury was rising rapidly and the climb up Cockley Pike and the remainder of the ridge was collar-work. It was time to make our exit by taking a right at Ore Gap via Yeastyrigg Gill, here I am cursed as I go over on my right ankle not once but twice consecutively, I have no excuse for my clumsiness but the small stones that are rattling & causing such pain in both my boots. . I changed into the 5.10's and set off. It’s in the name… It’s meaning is said to derive from … At the beginning of each year I try to set myself a few ‘out of the ordinary walks’ two of which I have already completed in; Scafell Pike from Grasmere & Scafell Pike via Piers Gill which when I think about it there’s a bit of a trend forming with Scafell Pike who’s routes are roughly based upon the good weather the summer season brings, there’s a couple of winter walks I have planned to do also but that’s miles away yet isn’t it? Bochlwyd Horseshoe – (Page 56) This includes TWO of the best scrambles in Snowdonia, as well as another two in descent! Lingcove Bridge marks the spot where the River Esk flows into Lingcove Gill as seen in the top of the photo. Cher Fan Club Recommended for you Feedback comments are intended to give extra information about a route which may be helpful to other climbers. Cher & Chaz Bono - All I Really Want to Do (Live on The Cher Show, 1975) - Duration: 9:29. Should you feel like an ascent on Pen from Great Moss there is now a large stone cairn marking a faint path that flanks Esk Buttress to the left by following the ravine largely all the way to the summit, but, be prepared for a steep climb! Feedback comments are intended to give extra information about a route which may be helpful to other climbers. With a well trod ridge path to guide me I descended to Deepdale Hause before my next ascent of the day, a hands on scramble over my favourite summit in the whole of Lakeland, the rock crown of Cofa Pike. . The Rough Crag scramble is fairly innocuous but it's a good way to arrive on Scafell Pike. Tim & I replied aye, aye…all behind two cheeky grins. It is at this point that I was reminded of my own ascent on Pen last year from where after I would take on Scafell Pike via the interconnecting ridge of Rough Crag, the fact that back then & today the conditions were almost identical. Scramble up the LEFT side of the crags until you come across a small path that takes you to a scrambling traverse over the gully. On arrival at Jubilee Bridge we found the car park half full, it had just gone half seven & within another hours time parking here was going to be difficult. It is an unusual starting point for the ascent of Grey Friar but proves an interesting round. But the views make all the hard work worth it. ).That’s enough of a mountain day for most, but wait! Cheers, Frank. There are ways to leave the fells, Lingcove Beck through Upper Eskdale has got to be one of the best Lakeland has to offer. After passing beneath the vast crags & shattered boulder field of Esk Buttress do we finally have our first sight of Ill Crag & Cockly Pike, at this point however our ridge route isn’t so apparent as it only starts from the base of Cockly Pike itself, so without further a do, we down packs for a quick rest from where we can plot our route to firstly gain Cockly Pike. It is an unusual starting point for the ascent of Grey Friar but proves an interesting round. The Pike o'Stickle is an iconic ridge, easily recognisable by the dome shaped top. A brilliant grade 1 scramble, through Pavey Ark, in the Langdale valley. The day was threatening to be lovely and sunny however, as I eventually reached the top of the climb, a bank of high cloud rolled in eradicating the morning's brightness. Cockley Pike ridge is well worth the effort with nothing about it being dull. Our journey was uneventful thereafter & no sooner than we knew it we were taking on the narrow lanes of Skelwith Bridge then the more difficult to negotiate, Wrynose & Hard Knott Passes. Get the full route guide and photos here. It took me around 3 hours from campsite to Ill Crag summit. I go with the idea to use my trusty walking poles during the ascent on Ill Crag but I couldn’t have got my choice more wrong if I’d tried, but more on that later. We struck up a fairly obvious pathless route to gain Cockly Pike which wasn’t without its steepness. Our delay hadn’t really put that much time on the day & was soon forgot about once we hit the Motorway. Start Point: Cockley Beck (NY 246 016) Cockley Beck – Moasdale – Lingcove Beck – High Gait Crags – Yeastyrigg Crags – Pike de Bield – Esk Pike – Ore Gap – Bowfell – Three Tarns – Shelter Crags – Crinkle Crags – Stonesty Pike – Little Stand – Ulpha Fell – Cockley Beck Distance: 9 miles Total Ascent: 1013 metres Time Taken: 6 hours Start Time: 07:30 Cockley Beck to Coniston, possibly via Wetherlam, is on the to-do list as of today and I've done Coniston to Sail via the Old Man several times, even including that lovely ridge that includes Brown Pike … From here contour around again until you come to crags with a gully on the right. I did this about 30 years ago. Create your own unique website with customizable templates. It is still a good distance before we reach the Esk Hause path at the head of the valley, at this point we can only just make out the summit of Ill Crag as Esk Buttress & Pen vastly dominate our ascent ridge. A grade 3 scramble with some classic Lake District scrambling, the Pinnacles on St Sunday crag. Much to our delight, the texture of the rock was very similar to what we had encountered on Round How. We soon shouldered packs & made our way of Ill Crag’s rock strewn summit before meeting with the busy path feeding more & more walkers onto the Pike, the sun was blazing down & most walkers we passed were walking shirtless thankfully carrying with them large amounts of hydration in some cases which was good to see. Must-do routes include the huge SE Face of Ill Crag (grade 3), Pen by Thor's Buttress (3), Cockly Pike Ridge (1) and Round How (2). As is so often the case with scrambling terrain, there was much variation possible and we opted for maximum time on rock throughout. What defines a scramble depends on your head for heights and your experience. Despite this it was still shady on the slopes of Ulpha Fell which was a small comfort. Langstrath Cam Crag Ridge 2/3 8km / 5 miles via Tarn at Leaves or 12km / 7.5 miles via Glaramara Besides the splendid views that unfolded before us I had other reasons why I choose to plan our exit via the scenic Lingcove Beck & the isolation that it had to offer. After reaching our next designated stop we again took hold of the route by giving it a few moments of thought before proceeding again, seeing as we were having so much fun sticking to the boulder field we again stuck to what we thought best, in this case by veering left over the top of the boulders once more. This can include 'βeta' which is crucial information about the route which may be how to do a move, or tips about hidden holds or gear. While I was at work Tim did some homework on Ill Crag on its possible ascents, most of which as already mentioned were highly graded Scrambles, all except one, a direct ascent via Cockly Pike. Facts About Scafell Pike Height above sea level: 978m / 3,209ft Tim held back a while & studied the clear waters as I made my way over to Lingcove Bridge which is a place I regrettably have to say, I’d yet to visit. This scramble takes you up a gully to the left of it, great fun! After a short descent onto Ore Gap Bowfell pulled once more at the heart strings, after estimating ascent & descent times we again agreed that indeed, today, Bowfell was a fell to far. Time here could have stood still, because memories from such walks will always remain firmly fixed, the Cockly Pike ridge may not be to everyone’s liking but it sure comes close to the next best thing. now that the sun is also shining on Bowfell at the end. It’s only after passing Little Narrowcove do the views onto the Cockly Pike ridge start to open up. Cockley Cley is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.It covers an area of 17.94 km 2 (6.93 sq mi) and had a population of 138 in 58 households in the 2001 census, including South Pickenham and increasing to a population of 232 in 103 households at the 2011 Census. This photo was taken from where the last red dot can be seen in the previous photo, we followed a steep grassy rake which soon tuned into fixed boulder scree, getting around or over the boulders just added to the excitement of the ascent as the rock was porous giving excellent grip throughout the ascent. 50 Minutes to the top of Causey Pike (30 minutes of rain) and I timed it so the cloud broke as soon as I got to the top! ... Long Pike ridge. Despite this it was still shady on the slopes of Ulpha Fell which was a small comfort. Set high above Upper Eskdale and The Great Moss, with views over to Scafell, Slight Side, Esk Pike, and Crinkle Crags, it's pretty fantastic. (my own way of saying lets take our time back). Beyond the central fells we have the eastern fells in the very back ground with the Helvellyn ridge penetrating from south to north until Blencathra can be seen in the far left of the photo. Grade 1 Scramble / Grade 4 Walk – Jack’s Rake 7 miles (11.2km), with 2500 ft (762m) of ascent Meeting Time: 9.30am in Elterwater village (for complimentary transport to the start). Not content with disturbing the sleeping sheep we also did a pretty good job of waking the sheep dogs whilst passing through Taw House Farm some of which barked from behind closed barn doors shattering the peace as we passed through this quiet haven, after closing the farm gate behind us we left the dogs barking who still could be heard from a good distance up the path. There are a couple of disjointed sections along the way, thankfully these are short lived and worth persevering with as the route as a whole gives a high quality scramble that finishes right on the summit of Ill Crag. . Cher Fan Club Recommended for you The right/northern edge of the triangle is formed by Cockly Pike Ridge, a Grade 1** scramble terminating at the northern and lower of the two summits. This view looking to a cloud covered Skiddaw and Blencathra. After crossing over a cleverly disguised stile in the wall, the going got really tough as the chosen route climbed steeply up the fellside. My socks are twisted & show signs of wear so thin that the once cushioning that once stretched from tip to toe now resembles a quality sheet of tracing paper. From the summit of Cockly Pike we had another fairly obvious choice on which way to gain the main ridge, the summit can be seen in the top left of the photo which can be mis-leading when thinking that the ridge goes straight up from Cockly Pike, it seems that there are a matter of twist & turns together with the odd descent & ascents thrown in too. Our route starts from Wasdale Head. Our path can be seen in the right hand side of the photo, it really is quite an obvious path but not one I would like to find myself upon should the cloud & mist come down, today however we don’t have any issues with cloud & the views weren’t too bad either. We were joined by two gents who just came from out of no-where ‘you’ve got to watch the rock round here fellas, one wrong move & your over’. Not after completing the longest continuous scrambling gradient in England. The Esk and the Great Moss from further on in the climb. The tarns at Great Knott . The scrambling is very easy, a bit scrappy near the top although the finish is excellent. Twenty fours hours later I am almost lost for words when I think just how incredibly fantastic that ridge climb was. Nevertheless it is good route, well worth doing because of its length, feeling of … Our ascent on Ill Crag via the Cockly Pike ridge took us the best part of ninety minutes, it was ninety minutes of adrenalin fuelled heart thumping action & I for one will never complain that a ridge ascent was over too soon. Long Pike scramble, high on Great End. Ahead, Red Tarn nestles between Pike O'Blisco on the left and Cold Pike on the right that we climbed on the way up. We soon came to a section of Lingcove Beck where the Valley of Mosedale is passed to our left, here we spot two walkers heading out over Thostle Garth (foreground) looking like they had a wild camp in mind, we could only look on with envy. 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