WALK | Lake District | Scafell Pike-Cat Bells

The moonlike desolate landscape of Scafell Pike


DAY 1 – SCAFELL PIKE

Easter break ….. let’s climb Scafell Pike! Seemed like a good plan ….. we’d tackled Snowdon over Easter last year so this had to be next on the list!

Unfortunately we made a big mistake with the timing. We thought we could leave home at 4:00am, drive from Cornwall to the Lake District, climb Scafell Pike and be back at the hotel in time for dinner! Mmmm ….. pretty dumb in hindsight!

The drive took a lot longer than expected, the Easter traffic around Windermere was horrendous, hardly moving for miles ….. the plan was starting to show some flaws!


DAY 1 – MAP

ORDNANCE SURVEY – Route planner map of today’s walk

Ordnance Survey iPhone/iPad app Map

We use the Ordnance Survey route planner app for iPhone/iPad to create all our walks these days ….. the GPS accuracy is amazing ….. especially useful when the paths just disappear!


DAY 1 – PHOTOS

We finally started climbing at around 1:00pm …..

Glennis still smiling a couple of hours into the hike
The moonlike desolate landscape of Scafell Pike

We also hadn’t realised what a huge unrelenting ugly brute of a mountain Scafell Pike was! Definitely not one for the faint hearted and we are so glad that at least the weather was in our favour.

Scafell Pike ….. a vast unrelenting ugly brute of a mountain!
Walking over landcapes of huge boulders for long periods ….. not an easy hike
Hikers pitching tents for the night
The only scenic view we saw on Scafell Pike …. it’s mostly a very dull muted unforgiving landscape
Only selfie of the hike ….. didn’t even take one on the Trig ….. we just wanted to get off this mountain!
The first hint of any sort of colour in the landscape was on the way back down!

The final part of the hike was in darkness, we had no head torches so we used iPhone flashlights ….. so bad! We had managed to phone the hotel so they kept the door unlocked for us, we finally arrived just before 10:00pm!


DAY 1 – STATISTICS

GARMIN FENIX 5X – Activity tracker data of today’s walk

Garmin Fenix 5X app Data

The hike was almost 12 miles, it took 8hrs 45mins, I burned 3288 calories, the most on ANY activity I’ve ever done ….. my Garmin told me in summary that I was ‘Overreaching’ ….. an understatement about what we packed in today I think!


DAY 1 – SUMMARY

We made so many amateur mountain climbers mistakes today! Fortunately for us we got away with it. If we’d allowed ourselves more time maybe we would have enjoyed the climb a bit more although I’m not totally convinced of that.

Walking ideally for me should have certain qualities:

  1. Be something new
  2. Be a bit of a challenge
  3. Be a bit of a workout
  4. Have interest and variety in the landscape
  5. Have a scenic quality for my photos

Scafell Pike certainly fitted the bill for the first three items but fell well short on the last two.

We both agreed it was basically one big massive slog! Great for Army training but for your average walker just plain old hard work with not a great deal of satisfaction at the end!


DAY 2 – REST DAY

Our hotel was amazing, a haven, a classic old style Lake District hotel set in a beautiful location, perfect for exploring ….. and resting!

Borrowdale Gates Hotel – Nestled in the landscape
Gorgeous early morning view from the Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Today was a write off, long lay in, walk by the lake, visit a couple of churches ….. a very lazy day ….. just what we needed!

Rockpool & Ferryboat in Blue
Driftwood on Derwent
Living Driftwood on Derwent
Driftwood & Ferryboat in Blue
Derwent Water Jetty in Blue
Holy Trinity Church Alter in Blue
St Johns Church Bassenthwaite in Blue
St Johns Church entrance in Blue
St Johns Church chancel area in Blue
St Johns Church alter in Blue
St Johns Church window tryptich in Blue

DAY 3 – CAT BELLS

Today we are climbing Cat Bells and our circular walk starts right outside our hotel ….. perfect!


DAY 3 – MAP

ORDNANCE SURVEY – Route planner map of today’s walk

Ordnance Survey iPhone/iPad app Map

We use the Ordnance Survey route planner app for iPhone/iPad to create all our walks these days ….. the GPS accuracy is amazing ….. especially useful when the paths just disappear!


DAY 3 – PHOTOS

Cat Bells and Beyond
Cat Bells …. the ascent
Cat Bells and three friends
Over the top of Cat Bells
Hikers on Cat Bells
Glennis enjoying the walk on Cat Bells
Gorgeous view No1 from Cat Bells
Gorgeous view No2 from Cat Bells
Took the time for a selfie on the Trig today!

DAY 3 – SUMMARY

We both really enjoyed Cat Bells ….. much more what we expected in the Lake District ….. and for us a much more pleasant experience than Scafell Pike!


DAY 3 – STATISTICS

GARMIN FENIX 5X – Activity tracker data of today’s walk

Garmin Fenix 5X app Data

It’s interesting, and quite comical at times, to compare the Ordnance Survey route and time predictions with the route and time we actually take. Quite often we stop to take photo’s, admire the views, get sidetracked or even get lost…..yes occasionally even GPS loses the signal and can temporarily point us in the wrong direction….so the route can look quite different and be quite a bit longer at the end of the day!


PHOTO EQUIPMENT

IPHONE 7 PLUS: With it’s new rear dual lens camera system the iPhone 7 Plus is my current companion on our walks for selfies, panoramas, videos and to view our Ordnance Survey route planner maps.

iPhone 7 Plus

SONY A7 – Pretty amazing specification and the smallest/lightest of all the A7 series

Sony A7 Camera

SAMYANG 12MM FISHEYE – An ideal lens for church interiors but not so good as a walkabout lens

Samyang 12mm Fisheye

Day 1: I only carried the iPhone 7 to save weight while tackling Scaffel Pike.

Day 2/3: I also carried the Sony A7 and my new toy the Samyang 12mm Fisheye.


REFERENCES

ORDNANCE SURVEY – We always use their iPhone/iPad route planner app to create our walks and to check out any car journey routes. Can’t go walking without GPS these days ….. love it!

MET OFFICE – Used on every walk for weather information. An invaluable tool in planning what gear to take.

WIKIPEDIA – For finding information quickly Wikipedia is far and away the best, most convenient, useful source for anything ….. whatever their critics say! I use it all the time for information about places we visit on our walks.


LINKS

For Information on the Lake District click here: INFO: LAKE DISTRICT

For Information on Scafell Pike click here: INFO: SCAFELL PIKE

For Information on Cat Bells click here: INFO: CAT BELLS

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