Esk Pike via Eskdale

Of all the “high” valleys of the Lake District (e.g., Styhead, Red Tarn of Helvellyn, Goat’s Water between Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man, etc.), surely none is finer than Great Moss, the one that forms the upper reaches of Eskdale, lying between the eastern faces of the Scafell range and the south ridge of Esk Pike, and culminating in Esk Hause at its northern end.
After the ascent from Brotherilkeld Farm via the western, ‘high-level’ path, the route went through Great Moss alongside the River Esk, with the flanks of the Scafell massif rearing majestically on the left, thence up to Esk Hause, on to the summit of Esk Pike, and then down the rambling ‘ramparts’ of its south ridge, where, once again, splendid views of the Scafells were much in evidence, as well as of Bowfell and the Crinkles. The final part of the descent was down the ‘Esk Gorge’, with its spectacular waterfalls.
Hard to imagine that anywhere else provides a better day out, especially in such relatively good weather, and even though the area seems far less popular than it should be (I met only three other walkers on the main parts of the route).
(Distance: 10.3 miles/16.5 km, ascent: 3136 ft./956 m.)

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