Our Scafell Pike Weekend from Great Langdale in the Lake District was a fantastic trip, with a wonderful group. Lots of fun and a very successful, if disappointingly cloudy days climb of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
We were glamping for this Scafell Pike weekend, by staying in three luxury yurts close to the end of Great Langdale. The Langdale Yurts are in a fantastic location surrounded by mountains, close to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Pub and make a perfect base for our hiking weekend.
Saturday was our day for hiking Scafell Pike and whilst it was a bit cloudy the weather stayed mainly dry. Our route takes us along the bottom of Mickleden, then more steeply up Rossett Gill, which gives great views back down the valley.
We keep climbing steadily until we reach Esk Hause, where we take a well earned break and take a few photos through breaks in the cloud.
We then picked our way carefully through the boulders on Broad Crag before the final scramble up to the summit of Scafell Pike.
We then retraced our steps down to the top of Rosset Gill where the weather had begun to clear and we were able to take some nice photos of the group and the valley below.
The sun continued to emerge as we then made our way back down Rossett Gill and along the floor of Rosset Gill.
Having successfully completed our climb of England’s highest mountain we were all set for our evening BBQ.
Sunday we offered a choice of hikes, depending on how energetic or worn out everyone was feeling. The first option was a scenic valley walk down Great Langdale, then to Little Langdale to visit the Cathedral Cavern, then back up the valley and over to Blea Tarn. This is a fairly gentle walk without too much climbing so is ideal for anyone with tired legs. Our second option for the energetic was another Mountain Hike to the Langdale Pikes. This is one of our favourite mountain hikes and gives spectacular views and some easy scrambling. Both walks started and finished at the Yurts.
We started by setting off up Stickle Ghyll and followed the steep tumbling stream uphill. But stopping every now and then to admire the wonderful views below.
We had a short break at Stickle Tarn to admire the steep sided cliffs of Pavey Ark, before setting off around the tarn.
I always enjoy the scramble up to the top of Pavey Ark. Its steep, but great fun, and its a great rocky summit with spectacular views.
Its then a fairly short traverse across to Harrison Stickle our second summit of the day.
Then our final summit of the day is Pike O’Stickle.
This is a great rounded summit and is quite a steep scramble up and then down again.
The final decent takes across the side of Dungeon Ghyll, with amazing views down into its depths.
There was tea and cake when we finished the hike, before most people headed off home. However, a hardy group of 5 stayed for another night and made the most of the weekend. So for those who stayed we arranged another scenic and exciting walk.
Today we decided to move further down the valley and start from the lovely village of Elterwater.
So our hike followed the river down to the waterfalls at Skelwith Force.
Then around to one of our favourite spots at Loughrigg Tarn.
Before hiking up to the summit of Loughrigg Fell.
Where a few of us practiced our balancing and yoga poses.
Our final stop was at Todd Crag overlooking Windermere, before heading back to Elterwater.
The end of a fantastic weekend with an amazing group of people.
I hope you enjoyed reading our blog post and feel inspired to join us on one of our other weekends soon.