16th February 2008

Blue sky and sunshine for a walk to Red Screes and Scandale


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 14.55
Duration 5 hr 45 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 2644 ft
Walking with On my own
Ambleside - Kirkstone Pass - Snarker Pike - Red Screes - Scandale Pass - Scandale Tarn - Scandale Pass - Scandale - Ambleside
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Ambleside

Ambleside offers quite a few different car parks, all of which are very close to the main town centre. I should offer a word of caution though; don't forget to bring plenty of money to buy a parking ticket.


Route Map

After walking up the bottom of Kirkstone Pass as far as Roundhill Farm on the road, we finally turned onto the fellside to follow the path between these two walls. Once again it was so warm, except for about half an hour each side of the Red Screes summit where there was an icy wind blowing across the fells.

The view down to a frosty looking Ambleside.

A close up of Rydal Water.

The bottom half of the ridge is quite easy to follow; it really is a case of staying between the two walls. Sometimes they're rather wide apart, but they are still there. One other plus for today was the ground being frozen along this section, which can be a bit wet and muddy under foot.


Looking down to the Kirkstone Pass Inn, found at the summit of Kirkstone Pass at a height of 1,481ft above sea level.

Time to put an extra layer on for a while. It wasn't that windy at all, but what wind we had was a bit icy to say the least.

Redscrees Tarn was frozen hard today, well, hard enough for a couple of kids we saw to walk almost across to the middle, before they chickened out that is.

Notice how hazy it is on the left of the picture compared to the fells in the middle. Last week I had the fantastic cloud inversions above Butermere. What I could see today, I can only describe as a haze inversion (if there is such a thing). It was more noticeable when I was looking further south, with the fell tops above the haze so much clearer than the rest.

Red Screes summit.

Also taken from the summit, looking down to Middle Dodd.

Heading down to Scandale Pass with the double topped Little Hart Crag on the skyline.
Rather than turning straight down Scandale Pass, we continued to follow the wall so we could have a bite to eat next to Scandale Tarn.

Scandale Tarn.

Back at Scandale Pass now.

Taking a break at Scandale Bottom while I get some photos of the large sheepfold found next to the path through the valley.

And from the inside of the sheepfold looking out.

Looking back up to Scandale Pass; the lowest point on the skyline on the right of the picture.

And again, from further through the valley. We seem to have spent most of the day walking between walls like this.


One last picture looking back the way we'd came. This one was taken just before we reached the outskirts of Ambleside.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks