Scafell Pike – The second of the Three Peaks

As we had arrived in Borrowdale I was stung by a wasp on my forehead. The allergic reaction resulted in a very swollen face. I decided it was OK to walk up a mountain, but I was glad it wasn’t a cycling day.

Allergic reaction to wasp sting. OK for hill walking though.

Allergic reaction to wasp sting. OK for hill walking though.


It was raining heavily in the morning so we took Kathryn’s bike into Keswick and luckily came across Whinlatter Bikes.

Whinlatter Bikes

Whinlatter Bikes

We left her bike with them to have the wheels rebuilt as the spokes were loose and the wheels were buckled.

We went up Scafell Pike from Seathwaite. At 978m the summit is the highest point in England.

The weather had improved somewhat by the time we parked at Seathwaite in the idyllic surrounds of Upper Borrowdale.

Our route took us up to Stockley Bridge.

Stockley Bridge.

Stockley Bridge.

The upward route along the Grains Gill Valley has splendid mountain scenery and is full of interest. However at Esk Hause we were enveloped in low cloud which we remained in for the rest of the ascent.

Having fun on Scafell Pike despite low cloud obscuring the view.

Having fun on Scafell Pike despite low cloud obscuring the view.

We reached the summit of Scafell Pike in 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Summit of Scafell Pike.

Summit of Scafell Pike.

As we emerged from the cloud on our descent we had a lovely view down Borrowdale.

Great view down Borrowdale when descending from Scafell Pike.

Great view down Borrowdale when descending from Scafell Pike.

We arrived back a Seathwaite having enjoyed our second peak despite having less than perfect weather.

Arriving back at Seathwaite after our ascent of Scafell Pike.

Arriving back at Seathwaite after our ascent of Scafell Pike.

We collected Kathryn’s bike from Whinlatter bikes in Keswick and following their advice Ian put a blob of superglue on every spoke nipple to prevent them coming loose again.

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