8th November 2009

Low Pike, High Pike and Scandale


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.45
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 2420 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Ambleside - Sweden Bridge Lane - High Sweden Bridge - Low Pike - High Pike - High Bakestones - Scandale Tarn - Scandale Pass - Scandale Bottom - High Sweden Bridge - Sweden Lane - 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

At the top of Sweden Lane the road gives way to a rough track leading into Scandale.

Further along the track the top most point of Low Pike comes into view.

The view across to Nab Scar.

High Sweden Bridge.


From High Sweden Bridge we took a "straight up through the bracken" route to the ridge path. On the way up we caught sight of this rainbow; very nice, but rainbows mean rain and that was something we definitely didn't want today.


Rydal Water, Loughrigg Fell, the Coniston Fells, Lingmoor Fell and the langdales, all seen from the ridge below Low Pike.

A view down to Rydal, just before the cloud rolled in and the view vanished for a while.

Low Pike through the cloud.

A glimpse of Rydal Water as the cloud parted.

And also a view looking up the ridge.

Looking back down the ridge to Low Pike.
I'm afraid the section of the walk from here to Scandale Tarn was done in thick cloud, poor visibility and none existent views. Navigation is still easy enough up here; all I had to do is make sure I didn't miss the turn of to High Bakestones.

The big cairn on High Bakestones.

And then, as if by magic, the clouds lifted and we enjoyed a clear walk all the way back to Ambleside.

Scandale Tarn.

From the top of Scandale Pass, the view into Scandale itself.

At the bottom of the pass now and time for something to eat; in surprisingly warm sunshine.

High Bakestones seen from the large sheepfold at the bottom of the pass.

Looking back up to Scandale Pass, and the tops of Little Hart Crag.

Just one of the many small streams running off the fellside and onto the track through the valley. After a while there just isn't any point in trying to avoid the water and all you can do is walk straight through.


Looking ahead to Windermere you realise just how far there is left to walk.

Walking through the woods at Rough Sides.


What a shame the days aren't a bit longer. It had 'slowly' turned into a beautiful afternoon of blue sky and autumn colours.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks