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Eskdale Skyline

1st May 2017

Route. Cockley Beck - Moasdale - Great Moss - Pen - Rough Crag - Scafell Pike - Ill Crag - Esk Hause - Esk Pike - Ore Gap - Bowfell - Three Tarns - Crinkle Crags - Little Stand - Cockley Beck ( about 12.5 miles about 5000ft ascent )


Sue was away on her holidays so left to my own devices I thought I'd try a round that I have had in mind for some time.


Looking back along Wrynose bottom to the pass. It was a fine morning but the forecast was for gusting winds later.


Walking along Moasdale, looking up to my last fell of the day, Little Stand. I spent my time looking up to see if I could see an obvious way down as there are no paths marked on the map on this side of the fell.


It was a bit hazy and the light was very flat so not the best day for photos but still, when you reach the top of Moasdale the view if the Scafell's is just fantastic


And the view along Lingcove Beck to Bowfell is not too shabby either.


 Heading for the Great Moss looking down the valley to Eskdale


As I  round the corner the Great Moss is revealed with todays first climb, Pen ahead.


The effort of the stiff climb to Pen is soon rewarded with great views of the River Esk snaking it's way across the moss. Harter Fell is the prominent pointed fell..


 Looking up to my ascent route over rough Crag to Scafell Pike. Broad Stand is the big cliff on the left..

 Pen summit with Ill Crag beyond.


 I love this view down from Pen to the Great Moss.

I had a bit of a wander around the summit area and saw this little gully with standing rock at the end.

Dramatic rock scenery as you climb over Rough Crag to the Pike. Ill Crag is the top beyond the drop.

Scafell Pike top. I was a little surprised as with it being a fine Bank holiday Monday I was expecting the top to be packed.

Broad Stand then Scafell across Mickledore.

Well that's a first. Scafell Pike all to myself. I have been here on horrible claggy days and the top has been heaving so it was a bit strange but I'm not complaining.

Lingmell, Great Gable and Pillar all well seen as I drop down to Broad Crag col.

On Ill Crag now looking down to the pointy top of Pen with the Great Moss below.

And looking back My ascent route to Scafell Pike was the slope on the left

Hazy view down Moasdale from Ill Crag.

Next stop Esk Pike.

Langdale Pikes from Esk Pike.

On Bowfell now from where you have the lovely view of the Scafell group from Slight Side on the left to Ill crag on the right.

The Great Slab with Langdale Pikes beyond.

Heading down to Three Tarns.

Bowfell Links from Three Tarns..

Sorry there are so many pictures of the Scafell Pikes but they really are a wonderful sight from this side..

. The wind which had been gusting on and off all day really got up on the walk over the Crinkles and added to the fact that I was starting to flag a little made for very hard hour or so. I can't claim to have climbed all the tops but I did climb Long Top the highest of the Crinkles from where I could see Little Stand.

Looking along Great Langdale from the path down to the bad step

Not far to go now. But I still have to work out how to get down from Little Stand..

Devoke Water and the Irish Sea can just about be seen in the haze from Little Stand..

With the weather being clear I headed straight down the front of Little Stand, but I would definitely not try this in mist as there were several little cliffs that I had to find a way round.

Looking back up to the top section of the descent.

Eventually  ( it took me over an hour to get down ) by following sheep trods and keeping mainly to grass I reached the intake wall and then the road.

Hard Knott pass snakes up the fell. This is considered the slightly easier side as the Eskdale side is even steeper and more twisty !

Back to Cockley Beck now with Harter Fell above.

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