Probably the toughest walk of the year for me yesterday (Sunday), what with the heat and the choice of route.

I’d elected to walk-in through Eskdale and then ascend via Little Narrowcove bringing me around the back of the Pike and offering the chance to do Scafell as well, without retracing my steps up and down either of the summits.

The ascent of Little Narrowcove is fiendishly steep though and although there is a narrow little track about half way up, I missed it and ended up scrambling over large boulder fields and scrabbling across scree slopes in an attempt to find a stable route.

All in all, by the time I reached the summit I was shattered. You can see the state of my shirt at the end of the climb – and that’s dried out a bit in the sun while I was eating my lunch.

I cut the walk short by scrapping Scafell and returned by Broad Stand and the track I came in on. A good day, but very hard and for the first time ever, I emptied my water bladder – with less than a mile to go though.


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