Following the success of last year’s Walk for Nepal up Snowdon in Wales, we will be doing a similar event in 2017 but this time climbing Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
Date: Sunday 18 June 2017
Fundraising target: £100 each participant
Registration fee: £15
Start/finish: New Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JX
Route: Scafell Pike “Three Peaks”
Distance: approx. 13 miles
Height gain: approx. 1,200m/4,025ft
The walk will be led by our resident ambassador Alex Staniforth and will be a great day out and a perfect opportunity to raise money for communities in Nepal affected by the 2015 earthquake which claimed 9,000 lives. Why not challenge yourselves and share the roof of England with your family and friends this Fathers’ Day?
We will climb the mountain from the remote and peaceful valley of Langdale. Whilst slightly longer than the busier routes of the mountain, this quieter approach gives us chance to bag two other well-known summits, Esk Pike and Bow Fell, listed in Wainwright’s famous pictorial guide. This is a classic mountain day and truly unique way to visit the roof of England, with impressive views into Langstrath, Borrowdale, Eskdale and Wasdale,
Our walk begins with a gentle riverside walk to warm our legs through Mickleden before a steep pull up Rossett Ghyll. Most of the walk will follow clear paths, whilst some areas will be rough and rocky ground requiring extra care, however we will not encounter any notably steep or exposed ground on our route. The hidden gem of Angle Tarn will appear to the left of the path as we climb gradually to the mountain pass of Esk Hause, our first checkpoint. We then cross below Great End, Ill Crag and Broad Crag on a stunning traverse of Scafell’s main ridge before reaching Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3,208ft). After photo stops and enjoying our achievement, we will descend to Esk Hause via the same route and head south-east towards Esk Pike (885m). A moderate climb bags the summit, before descending to a col and an ascent of Bow Fell (902m). From here is a steady descent down ‘The Band’ through the area of White Stones back to the start.
For less confident walkers we also have a shorter route that bypasses Bow Fell and Esk Pike to return to Langdale. The walk mountain leaders will assess your condition, timings and the weather conditions – the route choice will be at their full discretion on the day. Please note that in the event of extreme weather PHASE Worldwide and our mountain leaders reserve the right to cancel or change the event on the day if necessary for safety reasons.
New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (http://www.dungeon-ghyll.co.uk/)
YHA Langdale (http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/langdale)
National Trust campsite (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/great-langdale-campsite)
Car parking: National Trust car park opposite New Dungeon Ghyll (£5 per car for the day), with more car parking available about 0.5 mile down the road close to the Old
Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Bus links are available from Ambleside but check the
timetable. Please consider car-sharing where possible.
7:00am – Registration opens
8:00am – Briefing. You will be allocated into groups led by qualified mountain leaders.
8:15am – Walk begins! We will head up the valley towards..
11:58am – One-minute clap (to mark the moment the Nepal earthquake hit in 2015)
14:30/16:30 – Walk finishes. Dependent on your pace but nobody will be left behind!
15:00/19:30 – Celebration event at our venue, including raffle and the perfect chance for a well-earned pint from the hotel bar!
How fit do I need to be?
Scafell Pike is a serious objective and whilst achievable for most people in good health and average fitness, should not be under-estimated. To ensure your safety, walkers will be allocated into groups with a qualified mountain leader (ML) roughly according to your experience/fitness levels, but don’t worry, you will not be split from friends or family! The event is not a race – we want everyone to go at their own pace and enjoy the experience.
Either route should take a minimum of 6 hours on rough terrain, so prior walking experience is highly advised. If you’re not already regularly active, then walking (on hills where possible) is the best preparation. Try and include some walks of at least four hours duration. Cardio exercise such as running or cycling is also very useful.
Generally, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the walk!
Or the ViewRanger map route
Please read the Walk for Nepal Kit List
Although the route has no technical ground and little objective danger, please be aware that slips and accidents still happen and in some locations can have serious consequences. We’ll hope for Himalayan sun and blue skies, but even in June, the weather can change rapidly in the mountains- be prepared and take note of any instructions from the walk leaders.
- On the morning of the event the walk leader will give a full safety briefing to all walkers.
- There will be varying levels of ability and fitness, so the walk will be guided by qualified ML (mountain leaders) who will supervise groups of around 10-12 walkers at a similar level to make sure nobody is left behind or gets lost.
- You will be given copies of emergency phone numbers and procedures in the small chance of separation, but please remember that mobile phone signal is often very poor. Please follow any instructions and keep your leader within sight.
We will be holding a raffle after the event, Prizes so far are….
- A One hour climbing lesson, courtesy of Kong Adventures
- A Cotswold Outdoor Bundle of Goodies
As we have teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor for the event, we have organised a very special 15% discount to use in all of their stores when purchasing your kit. Email Jonathan for your discount code!
Got a question?
Jonathan Scorer: PHASE Communications Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org,
Alex Staniforth – email@example.com
To register, please complete our Booking Form
Here is a film from last year’s Walk for Nepal: Snowdon