As much as I usually malign summer for mountain photography, I can’t think of anywhere else in the Lake District that suits an idyllic summer day as much as Upper Eskdale and Great Moss.
It’s the route I took earlier this week for an ascent of Scafell, before returning via Slight Side. And yes, it was an idyllic summer day.
Finding a space at the bottom of Hardknott Pass, I set off for Brotherilkeld Farm, the air redolent of warm gorse and overheating brakes (not mine).
Fringed on all sides by some of the highest and craggiest hills in the Lake District, the only option is to climb up one of them 🙂
My route on to Scafell took me up the steep rocky path next to the impressive cascade of Cam Spout, before veering off up the small gulley below Broad Stand to Foxes Tarn (puddle).
The views back over the route traveled towards Bowfell and Crinkle Crags are worth sitting and drinking in, and it’s then just a short steep climb up loose scree to the summit, with equally grand views over Wasdale, Mosedale, Hollow Stones and Great Gable.
Somehow I lost the path lower down, but given the unsummery superb visibility it was hardly an issue. I blame it on too much sun.