Epic 2-day Hike and Wild Camp in the Upper Esk Valley

Hostel and Camp Event icon - Jewel Created with Sketch.
Wild Camping
Oct 24

6 people attending

0 places left

12 people waitlisted

Your price
Event booking closes on Oct 23 at 16:00:00
Event difficulty background shape EventDifficulty
Easy Moderate Very Hard
Steep ascents, rough terrain, remote location, carrying camping gear

UPDATE (11th Sept) : The latest Covid regulations in England require us to reduce the capacity of this event from the original 8 down to 6. The two people who are directly impacted by this have been personally notified. This is the first of a number of wild camping weekends Bryan and/or Jon plan to run in the Lake District, so we'll be doing our best to get everyone who wants to get out into the hills onto one of them as they are published. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused but clearly we all need to stick to the rules and to stay safe.


Though Scafell Pike is crowded, most people ascending to the roof of England will do so from Wasdale or Borrowdale, thus not appreciating the magnificent valley to the south-east. Taking in the major fells that ring the head of Eskdale, this round includes many of the highest, most interesting and most popular peaks in England, allowing us to fully enjoy this wonderful corner of the Lake District.

Traversing some of Lakeland's biggest fells in a clockwise fashion, we’ll be splitting this route over two days and camping high up in the Esk valley where we hope to get incredible views of . While it means we'll be slowed down by carrying our camping gear with us, it means we get two whole days to take in this breathtaking landscape.

Never wild camped before? This will not be an easy introduction to wild camping; however, as long as you've camped before and have access to a lightweight tent and brew kit, you can so this - see below for details of kit required. That said, some mountain walking experience and a good level of fitness will make difference between a memorable trip and a miserable one.

Wainwrights included on this route: BowfellCrinkle CragsEsk PikeScafellScafell PikeSlight Side

  • Distance: 24 km
  • Ascent: 1770m

For full route, see here 

Image credits: River Esk and Esk Buttress, Trevor Littlewood, Scafell from River Esk, Richard Webb, WildCampSite and Tent with ODL Flag, Leaders Own Photos.


IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.

All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop.

Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!

Public transport use to the start point is discouraged, as this is a non-essential journey. 

Please bring your own hand sanitising gel for your own use throughout the day. Use of face coverings is at your own choice.

On walks, one person to hold open gates and allow everyone to walk through – so minimising surfaces that multiple people touch. 

Be aware that opportunities for toilet stops may be minimal if facilities are closed.

Please, please cancel at your earliest opportunity if you are unable to attend or are unwell, so that we can allow others to take up these valuable event spaces.

Much as it's difficult - no handshakes or hugs!

**Participation Statement**

OutdoorLads draws your attention to the fact that travelling and being away from home increases the risk of receiving and transmitting Coronavirus, whilst it is present in the UK. You are likely to choose not to participate in OutdoorLads events whilst there is a risk of Coronavirus transmission. However, should you choose to participate in OutdoorLads events whilst the risk is present, you must be aware of and follow the law and government guidelines, both when travelling to and from events as well as when participating in events.

Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not experts,  do not need to be experts, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as experts, but are amateurs with some experience in the event type and who are happy to impart their knowledge.  Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.

By signing up to and attending an OutdoorLads event, you are confirming that you have read, understood and accept the content of this statement.


54.397910482225, -3.2480660845142