Corridor Route and Lingmell

Is it a bird, is it a sheep by Andy Wallace Andy FellwalkerThe final day of the Batchelor family holiday, this walk has been saved until last so let's hope their legs can cope and that the weather is good to us again.

Walked through the farm yard at Seathwaite before remembering that we were supposed to be visiting Taylor Gill Force. A quick retracing of steps was required for us to go back to the arch through the farm buildings to the bridge over Styhead Gill. The bridge was optional, the water level in the gill was extremely low.

Crossed the wall over the curious shallow angled ladder stile before turning left to follow the gill. The path was not familiar, not only was it mainly dry a lot of the trees have been harvested changing the nature and sometimes the direction of the path.

Taylorgill Force by Andy Wallace Andy FellwalkerJust before the path begins to climb up towards Taylor Gill Force there is a wall with a perfectly good ladder stile, you would have to be silly to go through the sheep sized hole in the wall. Suddenly you turn a corner and there is Taylor Gill Force, a splendid looking waterfall and a very nice scramble in wonderful surroundings. Why would anybody want to walk along the plain path to Stockley Bridge?

The Corridor Route has its moments by Andy Wallace Andy Fellwalker

Above the force the gill reverts to be named after Styhead again and in the dry conditions it makes a very pleasant companion on a very pleasant walk to Styhead Tarn. From the tarn continue on until you reach the old stretcher box. Take the obvious path heading towards Sprinkling Tarn but shortly after a small tarn on the right is a cairn where the path to the Corridor Route starts.

When you cross the bouldery scree at the bottom of Skew Gill there is a short scramble over red rocks to start the Corridor Route itself. The Corridor Route takes you through splendid surroundings, Great Gable across the valley and Great End rising up on the left hand side.

The path up to Broad Crag col by Andy Wallace Andy FellwalkerThe Corridor Route is generally quite straightforward but it has its moments, the scramble around the head of Greta Gill is quite interesting and needs a bit of care. There has been some reconstruction of the path around the junction with the path up to Broad Crag col making it less easy to miss the Broad Crag path.

The path up to Broad Crag col is quite steep and rough to begin with and you could make the mistake of thinking that the scree slope you can see is the path up to the col. Only when you get to the bottom of the scree slope do you realise that the steep path up to the col is only slightly less awkward than scree. Still, it is quite an interesting path and certainly not as tedious as the alternative from Lingmell col.

Ascent of Scafell Pike (Courtesy Jill Batchelor) by Andy Wallace Andy FellwalkerThe path up to Broad Crag col is quite steep and rough to begin with and you could make the mistake of thinking that the scree slope you can see is the path up to the col. Only when you get to the bottom of the scree slope do you realise that the steep path up to the col is only slightly less awkward than scree. Still, it is quite an interesting path and certainly not as tedious as the alternative from Lingmell col.

From Broad Crag col is the eroded path up to Scafell Pike, the path and the summit itself being among the busier places in the world. At the summit were good views all around until the mist started to come in, it got a bit cold to hang around up there. As we walked down to Lingmell col the mist came in to cover the summit of Scafell Pike.

View from Lingmell summit by Andy Wallace Andy FellwalkerFrom Lingmell col the path to Lingmell can not be ignored and in fifteen minutes you can reach the summit cairn of Lingmell. However it is only when you walk over to the subsidiary rocky tower that you really begin to enjoy Lingmell. The rocky tower itself is a delight, there are exhilarating views downwards when you stand on the very edge of the crags. The Corridor Route and Piers Gill are wonderfully viewed from the summit of Lingmell.

Walk back down to Lingmell col, cross the wall and follow the faint path over to rejoin the Corridor Route. The crossing of the head of Piers Gill is different every time, erosion takes a little bit more away in between every time I visit it. The view down Piers Gill is however always exhilarating but there isn't a lot of water in the fall today.

On the Corridor Route by Andy Wallace Andy FellwalkerThere is a place when descending the Corridor Route that it is almost impossible not to take the wrong path. We met some other walkers coming away from Styhead Tarn who thought they were heading towards Styhead Tarn, not a bad effort when each of the three had their own map. Where there is a steep rocky outcrop you climb over it rather that follow an untidy path downwards. The path will soon reappear, if it doesn't then you really are lost.

No navigational problems after that, just follow the path to Styhead and then onwards and downwards to Stockley Bridge and the track back to Seathwaite.

Andy Wallace 28th August 2003

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