Scafell Pike Lake District Hiking Weekend

A wet but fun and succesful weekend in Great Langdale

Scafell Pike Summit

Our latest Scafell Pike Lake District hiking break was sadly a bit of wet weekend, but we had a lot of fun, made a successful summit of Scafell on Sunday and the Yurts made a lovely cosy and sociable base for us.

Scafell Pike lake district hike

Scafell Pike Lake District hiking weekend – Saturday

Usually Saturday is our Scafell Pike summit day, however the forecast was for an unrelentingly wet day, so we decided a low level walk taking in some of the Lake Districts best waterfalls, was a much better option.  So we put off our summit day till Sunday and set off down Great Langdale to explore, this beautiful Lake District valley.

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The rainfall overnight and during the morning made it a perfect day for looking at waterfalls and so we headed for Skelwith Force near the village of Skelwith.  Its not the highest waterfall in the lakes, but it is the biggest in terms of the volume of water and it was certainly at its impressive best on Saturday.

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We then joined a section of the Cumbria Way to head back towards Little Langdale and our next waterfall at Colwith Force.

Colwith Force hike

Colwith Force is a few miles upstream on the river Brathay and the river drops a total of 40 feet over a short rocky section.  Its a bit more awkward to get to than Skelwith, but even more impressive on a wet day in the Lake District.

Colwith Force hike Colwith Force view

By now the rain was pretty much non-stop, so we headed for the caves at Cathedral Cavern.

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The caves are spectacular and also offered a dry spot for lunch and a chance to remove some wet gear.

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After arriving back at the yurts for a shower change and then a quick visit to the pub, Yen and I cooked dinner.  A lovely warming dinner of Chilli, closely followed by Brownies, strawberries and cream.

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Scafell Pike Lake District Hiking Weekend – Sunday Summit Day

On Sunday we headed out early and made our way up Mickleden and Rossett Gill, where we had some great views back down the valley.

Scafell Pike Lake District hiking

We were soon into cloud however and decided to take a break at Esk Hause.

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The views failed to improve, but at least there was no rain, as we picked our way across the boulders on Broad Crag, then scrambled up to the summit.

Scafell Pike lake district weekend summit

But we had made it to the summit, which had been the main focus of our Scafell Pike Lake District hiking weekend.  And the fact that we made it, despite some pretty poor weather, made it all the more satisfying and the sense of achievement even greater.

We made our descent and then thoroughly enjoyed our reward of lots of Yen’s homemade cake and tea and coffee.

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Despite the weather doing its best to throw us off course, we still managed a thoroughly enjoyable and successful weekend.  Many thanks to all who came and made it such a fun weekend despite the rain.

scafell hiking tea and cake



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