Max Bronstein | Scafell Pike
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Scafell Pike

The Lake District

Scafell Pike

A very long drive from London to the Lake District. On the journey up we relied on sat-nav till we reached the national park. At this point there was no GPS signal and luckily we had printed out directions as a back-up, which read as such: ‘Turn left (100yrds), Turn right (1.8miles), Turn left (400yrds)’ etc. We had to keep resetting the trip metre so we could follow the precise directions in the pitch black. No road lights and no road signs. By some miracle, we made it to the campsite. We pitched up by the light of our torches. It turned out that by morning, we had to lift up the tents and move it towards our pitch, which had an electrical hook-up. We could then charge our phones, cook some food, pack our backpacks for the walk and set off. We had the steep ascent, which gave us the option to walk to the tip via Striding Edge, which would require scrambling – one of our company was a first-time walker and so we opted for the path, which took us to the summit. It is one of the finest areas in the UK and my favourite of the three National Three Peaks. I look forward to coming to Scafell again, but we will definitely leave earlier down to the fact that I do not want to negotiate through winding un-identifiable roads with a trip metre and a print out which has the vaguest directions I have ever seen. 


April 15, 2015