On Red Screes

Earlier in April, when the weather was still hot and clear, we walked up to the summit of Red Screes from Ambleside.

On the climb to Red Screes, (c) John Bainbridge 2015

On the climb to Red Screes, (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Now I have, on several occasions, done the harder and steeper ascent from the Kirkstone Pass, up Kilnshaw Chimney, but I had never walked the easier route from Ambleside, except one as as descent.

The Kirkstone route is short and dramatic.

The Ambleside route is continuous uphill walking, first up the early bits of the lane that becomes the famous Struggle, and then up a very pleasant footpath past Snarker Pike.

Ascending Red Screes (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Ascending Red Screes (c) John Bainbridge 2015

It’s a good walk to do if you’re trying to get in training for harder things, as there’s little relief from the steady climb.

And the view are sensational, over much of Lakeland, Rydal Water and Grasmere opening up as you go. Lily Tarn looking like a tear on the side of a hill, with Wetherlam in the background.

So many familiar hills. So many memories.

I see in my notebook that I first climbed Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney in June 1997.

Windermere from Red Screes. (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Windermere from Red Screes. (c) John Bainbridge 2015

I recall the day well. I scrambled up in quite a heatwave. Lay down to sunbathe on the summit. Watched as a black cloud crept nearer. Then furious rain. Then driving snow in June. I descended perilously back to the Kirkstone pass in absolute driving white stuff. A day of real weather oddities.

Summit Fever on Red Screes (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Summit Fever on Red Screes (c) John Bainbridge 2015

But on the ascent the other day all was pleasant, the Lake District at its best.

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2 thoughts on “On Red Screes

  1. I prefer the ridge route from Ambleside myself – that way you can go back down via either the lovely Scandale or the nearer arm of the Fairfield Horseshoe (my preferred arm of it). I only did the steep route up from the Kirkstone Inn once just to prove I could do it really.
    Carol.

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