Lake Districk Trek

Wasdale Head Travel Blog

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Early morning view from Wasdale Head

Day 1:
After getting the train to Ravenglass we then took a mini steam train along the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.  This was a really nice, scenic ride that took about 40 minutes.  We then had a 7 mile walk over easy terrain to the campsite at Wasdale Head.  This was a pleasant walk which we did at an easy pace and arrived at the campsite at about
20:00 and cooked yummy pasta for tea.  There are two campsites at Wasdale Head, one with showers and one without.  We pitched up at the one without so a quick wash in the sink was all we could manage.

Day 2:
The day started with a climb up
Scafell Pike.

View from the top of Scafell Pike
  It was very steep and with fully loaded rucksacks, a 30°C heat wave and absolutely on wind we were all dripping with sweat as we climbed towards the summit.  After 3 hours of hard work we reached the summit and were rewarded with some fantastic views as we eat an early lunch on top.  As we continued our hike it was easy going for a while.  Then we encountered Glaramara!  This really sapped the energy out of us as we crested false peak after false peak.  Eventually we arrived at the campsite in Stonethwaite after about 12 hours on the ‘road’.  We were shattered.  There were showers this time though.  The only catch was that they only had hot water!

Day 3:
We decided to get up at 6:00 today so to avoid the midday heat whilst climbing Helvellyn.

Scafell Pike from Allen Crags. We had just walked down that path as the clouds covered the top of the mountain.
  Our route was mainly flat with only a slight climb (500m in height) up to Greenup Edge at the beginning of the day and then Helvellyn right at the end.  The scenery up to Greenup Edge was spectacular and slightly unusual.  We made our first navigational error of the trip towards the top of Greenup Edge (having said that the path we were following was practically indistinguishable from the rest of the field we were in) and so we ended up walking an extra three miles.  After descending Greenup Edge the route was very flat and we made extremely good time towards the bottom of Helvellyn, where we stopped for lunch before making our way up towards the top - in the midday heat!  We had made much better time than expected so our plan had gone out the window.  Anyway, we reached the top, had something to eat then began walking down into Glenridding via Striding Edge, which is a rocky ridge with about a 200m drop on one side and a 100m drop on the other.  It was very spectacular but slightly scary when you have fully loaded rucksacks on.  This was another long day (13 hours total time) but I felt it was easier than yesterday.  We decided to eat at a Pub, which turned out to be a very good decision.

Day 4:
The plan was to walk up Skiddaw but the bus driver dropped us off at the wrong place and it was raining really (really, really, really) hard so we just walked into Keswick before getting the train home.

For more information about this trek, like maps, click here.

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Early morning view from Wasdale He…
Early morning view from Wasdale H…
View from the top of Scafell Pike
View from the top of Scafell Pike
Scafell Pike from Allen Crags.  We…
Scafell Pike from Allen Crags. W…
Somewhere near the peak of Glarama…
Somewhere near the peak of Glaram…
Wasdale Head
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