We parked the car at the top of Wast Water, took advantage of the last toilet opportunity, and then proceeded to climb Scafell Pike. Whilst not as high as Snowdon Peak, it is still a challenge. Many people have lost their lives climbing it, but this usually occurs in treacherous wintry conditions when the trail is hard to find in the mist and the wind is so strong it can blow you off balance. Trust me, we would not have attempted the climb had the conditions been remotely dangerous!
The first part of the hike consisted of stone steps leading up the valley, at one stage crossing over a stream.
We took the obligatory photos hailing our achievement, and then moved down to lower ground to find somewhere a little sheltered from the frigid wind to enjoy Lesley’s sandwiches (left over from the day before).
The hike down, whilst requiring less physical exertion, was very taxing on our old knees. One also had to tread carefully to ensure that one didn’t slip on any of the rock steps. Early in our descent, a blast of cold air and heavy clouds enveloped us. Any concerns that we were in for a wet walk back down the mountain quickly dissipated, as did the clouds.
The walk back down took us about 2.5 hours, again with numerous pauses for photos. My poor bladder was so relieved to get back to the car park toilets! It had been well over 6 hours since my last visit.
On the way back to our B&B, we stopped at the same vantage point we had visited on the evening we arrived. What a contrast between the flat, dull mountains on that overcast day and the bright-coloured mountains before us now. Sunlight certainly adds a lot of depth to the landscape.
James and Michael dropped Lynette and me back at our accommodation and then drove on to a couple of different towns to find bread, tomatoes, etc. for dinner. Lesley, who was entertaining visitors in the sunroom, kindly offered us the use of her lounge room, even supplying us with some ham and salad to supplement our meal, and setting up her Amazon Alexa to play easy listening music in the background. When we finally called it a night, we were well and truly ready for sleep!