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On Friday 3rd June 2016 I climbed The Scafells - the highest mountains in England. Rugged cathederals of rock, Scafell Pike and Scafell are magnets for fell-walkers, climbers and for those who just want to say that they have stood on the roof of England. For me, it is the dramatic surroundings that give the Scafells their granduer: the fiercesome crags of both Scafell and Great End; the majesty of Styhead Tarn and Sprinkling Tarn; the challenging routes up Broad Stand and Lord's Rake; and the great peaks that gaze back at them across the valleys - Bowfell, Esk Pike, Crinkle Crags, Yewbarrow and, most of all, mighty Great Gable. On the day in question, I traversed the excellent Corridor Route to lovely Lingmell, before ascending Lord's Rake to Scafell. From there I descended via Foxes Tarn and up to Scafell Pike via Mickeldore Ridge, before running back to the car at Seathwaite in order to make it back to the pub with the fam!

The Scafells

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