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

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Jun 19

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Steep ascents, rough terrain, remote location, carrying camping gear

While Scafell Pike is often crowded,, most people ascending to the roof of England 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, taking in both Scafell and Scafell pike.

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 (a d a sunset). We will be slowed by carrying our camping gear with us the whole route and we will have to take great care while descending the scramble route from Scafell to Scafell Pike, but because we’re camping, 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 do 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 *Please note that exact route and camping location is heavily weather dependent and subject to revision*

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


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