Mountains in England & Wales starting with S
|Sca Fell (3000ft+) , in the Lake District (England), forms the northern end of a 1.5km ridge running S to Slight Side (762m) with steep grassy slopes W and crags E. It lies 1km SW of Scafell Pike (3000ft+) , from which it is separated by the Mickledore col.
The N face of Sca Fell comprises fine crags preventing the ascent from Mickledore by walkers, who must detour down on the Wasdale (NW) side to Lord’s Rake (beginning with a steep stone-filled gully), or lower on the Eskdale (SE) side, in order to bag both fells in one outing. Sca Fell can be ascended directly from Wasdale and upper Eskdale, or by the long S ridge from the Eskdale road.
The ascent from Wasdale via Lord’s Rake, which best reveals the fine topography of the mountain, is a classic for adventurous walkers which became controversial in 2003 when a rock fall left a giant boulder lodged at the top of the first section of the rake. The rake is straight, runs WSW and has 2 cols and 2 dips before reaching safety after 3rd rise.
The landowners (National Trust) posted notices declaring the route unsafe, which walking clubs rebuked as symptomatic of the ‘nanny state’. Clearly the boulder will fall down the gully one day, and there is a risk of further rock slippage. Walkers must be aware of the relative risks involved in using the route, and exercise all necessary caution.
|Scafell Pike (3000ft+) is the highest of five tops which together form a boulder-strewn dissected plateau between Wasdale and upper Eskdale, in the Lake District (England).
To the NE lie Broad Crag (934m), Ill Crag (935m) and Great End (910m), and these tops are relatively very quiet since the ‘tourist route’, which every year sees many thousands of visitors to the highest summit in the Lake District, and in England, passes between them. They are separated by a narrow col from Scafell Pike, which is similarly separated to the SW by the Mickledore col from Sca Fell (3000ft+) .
There are many possible routes to the summit; but since the shorter routes from Wasdale and Eskdale are relatively remote for drivers, Borrowdale and Langdale are favourite starting places. Routes from these valleys are lengthy; and coupled with tiring boulder terrain encountered on the plateau, Scafell Pike is for most visitors a strenuous full day outing.
|Skiddaw (3000ft+) , in the Lake District (England), is a steep-sided yet almost crag-free mountain. Its best feature is its stony almost level summit ridge, N-S orientated and about 600 metres long which is rounded enough to feel airy yet without exposure except under severe gale force crosswind. This ridge continues N and falls gently to Dash Beck.
At the S end of the summit the main ridge turns SE, descends to a col (804m), rises over Little Man (865m) and terminates at Lonscale Fell (715m). From the flanks of the S end of the summit a SW ridge runs over Carl Side (746m) then continues NW over Long Side (734m), and finally N forming the W slopes of Southerndale.
A broad and heavily-used track ascends from the car park for Latrigg (a viewpoint overlooking Keswick) via the slopes of the SE ridge. This reveals little of mountain scenic interest, whereas an approach from the W over Long Side is much to be preferred, and is quieter.
St.Sunday Crag (The Cape)
|St.Sunday Crag (The Cape) (2500ft+) is a triangular mountain with a ridge extending from each corner. It connects to Fairfield (qv) via the SW ridge which descends to Deepdale Hause; and the NE ridge descends to a col with Birks (622m) and ultimately finishes at the Grisedale bridge, Patterdale village, in the Lake District (England).
These ridges form the very steeply sloping SE flank of Grisedale, the St.Sunday crags being towards the top of this slope a little way below the summit plateau of the mountain. The third ridge runs E over a very minor but shapely rise, Gavel Pike (780m contour) then descends to Deepdale as a broadening slope. The usual ascent route is from Grisedale Bridge on a track which skirts the N side of Birks and reaches the NE ridge at the col; this track is also excellent in reverse as it commands a fine view N across Ullswater.
A circular walk can be had by descending the SW ridge to Deepdale Hause then following another track which descends obliquely across the steep NW slope to Grisedale Tarn, thence returning down Grisedale.
The traverse of St.Sunday Crag may readily be coupled with an ascent of Fairfield (2500ft+) from Deepdale Hause.
Stony Cove Pike
|Stony Cove Pike (2500ft+) , in the Lake District (England), has a large summit plateau with two cairned high points 500m apart. The summit cairn lies a few metres E of a stone wall running N-S; and the second top, named Caudale Head, is just 9 metres lower (754m).
From the summit there are 3 ridges, N, E and S. The broad N ridge, with crags to E encircling Threshthwaite Cove, runs N turning NNW to Hartsop Dodd (618m) before descending to Hartsop hamlet. The E ridge descends to Threshthwaite Mouth (592m), a col leading to High Street via its subsidiary top Thornthwaite Crag. The S ridge descends towards the Troutbeck valley. From Caudale Head a further 2 ridges run out: the NNW ridge (Rough Edge) is relatively narrow and descends to Caudale Bridge in Patterdale; and the broad SSW ridge, also bearing a stone wall, runs 2 km to St.Raven’s Edge (593m) which overlooks the Kirkstone Pass.
Stony Cove Pike can be bagged with minimal ascent from Kirkstone Pass, a relatively dull route, or by a circular route from Caudale Bridge returning from Hartsop Dodd. In a longer excursion from Hartsop this hill can be combined with High Street .