Scrambles in the Lake District - North

By Brian Evans

Guidebook to 110 scrambling routes in the English Lake District. Graded scrambles climb the rocks and ghylls of Wasdale, Ennerdale, Newlands, Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, Mardale and Swindale. Routes range from grade 1 through grades 2 to 4, where use of a rope is recommended. Includes advice on equipment, safety and techniques.



Routes not advisable in winter conditions or bad weather


Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, Mardale and Swindale


All scrambles are graded: the easiest are suitable for adventurous walkers, while higher grades require rope and mountaineering skills
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Ashness Gill, Sourmilk Gill (Borrowdale), Broad Stand (Scafell), Striding Edge, Pinnacle Ridge (St Sunday Crag)
14 Mar 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes 110 gill and crag scrambling routes in the north of the Lake District, with sections covering Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere, Borrowdale, Thirlmere, Patterdale, Mardale and Swindale. Each route is graded from Grade 1 straightforward scrambling, through Grades 2 to 4, where the use of a rope is recommended. In addition, a star system (1 to 3 stars) highlights the best routes.

    The guidebook includes classic routes such as Ill Gill, Kirkfell; Broad Stand, Scafell; Striding Edge; and Pillar Rock. Each section includes a map showing the location of the scrambles, and routes are accompanied by information on the best approach, along with a sketch diagram of the crag and the route line. The book includes invaluable of advice on equipment, safety, rope techniques, and scrambling techniques, as well as notes on access and conservation. The Lake District's rich mix of rocks, gills and crags offers the scrambler a complex variety of routes, often well removed from the beaten track.

  • Contents

    The Scrambler's Code
    What is scrambling?
    Equipment and rope techniques
    Scrambling Techniques
    Types of scramble
    Using this guide
    Conservation awareness
    The routes
    Access, conservation and bird restrictions
    Route 1 Pike Crag, Buckbarrow
    Route 2 White Band Crag, Middlefell
    Route 3 Long Crag and Goat Crag, Middlefell
    Route 4 Iron Crag, Middlefell
    Route 5 The Netherbeck Gorges
    Route 6 Bell Rib, Yewbarrow
    Route 7 Red Pike from Black Beck
    Route 8 Red Pike by the Gully Slabs
    Route 9 Wistow Crags, Pillar
    Route 10 Ill Gill, Kirkfell
    Great Gable – The Napes
    Route 11 The Napes by the Climbers' Traverse and Sphinx Ridge
    Route 12 Pinnacle Ridge, Westmorland's Crag
    Route 13 Eagle's Nest Gully and Arrowhead Ridge
    Route 14 The White Napes
    The Scafell Range
    Route 15 Spout Head Gill
    Route 16 Grainy Gill
    Route 17 Skew Gill
    Route 18 Piers Gill (first part only)
    Route 19 Round How
    Route 20 North-West Combe, Ill Crag
    Route 21 South-West Buttress, Broad Crag
    Route 22 Broad Stand, Scafell
    Route 23 Long Pike Buttress, Great End
    Route 24 Great End from the Corridor Path
    Pillar Rock
    Route 25 Pillar Rock by Slab and Notch
    Route 26 Pisgah
    Route 27 Pillar Rock, the Old West Route
    Route 28 Black Crag, West Buttress, Windgap Cove
    Route 29 Boat Howe, East Buttress
    Route 30 Longshoreman's Arête
    Route 31 Kirkfell Gill (Sail Beck)
    Route 32 Seavy Knott
    Warnscale Bottoms
    Route 33 Striddle Crag Buttress
    Route 34 Warnscale Beck
    Route 35 Little Round How
    Route 36 Great Round How
    Route 37 Grey Knotts
    Route 38 Honister Crag
    Birkness Combe
    Route 39 Grey Crag
    Route 40 Sourmilk Gill, Buttermere
    Route 41 Hassness Gill, Goat Crag
    Route 42 Lorton Gully
    Route 43 Dale Head Pillar
    Route 44 Cat Gill
    Route 45 Ashness Gill
    Route 46 Jackdaw Ridge, Shepherd's Crag
    Route 47 Nitting Haws
    Route 48 Gate Gill
    Route 49 Scaleclose Gill
    Route 50 Hause Gill, Seatoller
    Route 51 High Scawdell Gill
    Route 52 Sourmilk Gill, Borrowdale
    Route 53 Seathwaite Upper Slabs
    Route 54 Gillercombe Crag, North-East Buttress (Rabbit's Trod)
    Route 55 Base Brown from Taylor Gill Force
    Route 56 Ruddy Gill
    Route 57 Grains Gill and Allen Crags
    Route 58 Hind Gill
    Route 59 Red Beck
    Combe Gill
    Route 60 Intake Ridge
    Route 61 Dove's Nest Crag, The Attic Cave
    Route 62 Dove's Nest Crag, Right-Hand Groove
    Route 63 Combe Gill
    Route 64 Cam Crag Ridge
    Thirlmere and St John's Vale
    Route 65 Nab Crags, South Buttress
    Route 66 Nab Crags, Perched Block Route
    Route 67 Mere Gill, Shoulthwaite
    Route 68 Sandbed Gill
    Route 69 Beckthorns Gill
    Route 70 Mill Gill, St John's Vale
    Route 71 Stanah Gill
    Route 72 Fisher Gill
    Route 73 Whiteside Gill
    Route 74 Helvellyn Gill
    Route 75 Stepped Ridge, Brown Cove Crags
    Route 76 Central Buttress, Brown Cove Crags
    Route 77 Birkside Gill
    Blencathra (Saddleback)
    Route 78 Sharp Edge
    Route 79 Hall's Fell Ridge
    Route 80 Greenside Ravine
    Route 81 Rowten Beck
    Route 82 Swart Beck (Sticks Gill)
    Route 83 Eagle Crag, Grisedale
    Route 84 Striding Edge
    Route 85 Ruthwaite Beck
    St Sunday Crag
    Route 86 Pinnacle Ridge
    Route 87 Broad Buttress, St Sunday Crag
    Route 88 South-West Buttress, St Sunday Crag
    Route 89 Oxford Crag
    Route 90 Grisedale Slabs, Thornhow Crag
    Route 91 Coldcove Gill
    Route 92 Link Cove Gill
    Route 93 The Light Slabs, Greenhow End
    Route 94 The Dark Slabs, Greenhow End
    Route 95 Deepdale Beck
    Route 96 Hogget Gill
    Route 97 Flake Buttress, Gill Crag
    Route 98 Central Route, Raven Crag
    Route 99 Tower Route, Raven Crag
    Route 100 Hayeswater Gill
    Route 101 Sulphury Gill
    Route 102 Angle Tarn Beck
    Route 103 Swarthbeck Gill, Arthur's Pike
    Route 104 Boredale Head Gill
    Route 105 Freeze Beck
    Route 106 Blea Water Crag Gill
    Route 107 Hopgill Beck
    Route 108 Rowantreethwaite Gill
    Route 109 Guerness Gill
    Route 110 Mosedale Force

    Appendix A Route index (alphabetical)
    Appendix B Route index (by star grading)

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  • Reviews

    "This new edition with over 200 great days out is a great addition to your Lake
    District guide selection."

    Climbing Gear Reviews

    "Two new volumes from Cicerone Press, effectively updates of the longstanding Brian Evans guides, but now
    arranged more logically into North and South volumes rather than 'Scrambles' and 'More Scrambles'.
    The writing has the same traditional charm as the original volumes - we're huge fans of the word 'craglet' which
    as far as we know, Evans invented, but the layout, images and diagrams have been brought up to date along with
    the gradings - 1 to 4 for difficulty and with a star system to highlight the best routes.
    The northern volume covers 110 routes, the southern one 126, with a spread of difficulty from straightforward stuff
    like Striding Edge through to routes that border on being full-on rock climbs.
    Loads to go at in a well-produced, comprehensive pair of guidebooks."

    Outdoors Magic

    "Still the best guides to Lakeland Scrambling - and now even more so"

    When it comes to tackling unfamiliar scrambles, a good and reliable guidebook is invaluable. Brian Evans was a founder of Cicerone, so it is hardly surprising that his guides are both good and reliable, and that his Scrambles in the Lake District books have become invaluable. But, over time, even mountains change. These latest editions include all the detailed descriptions, helpful illustrations and inspiring photos that users of the previous books have come to expect, but with and more up-to-date information (including a recognition of the effect of 2015's severe floods) that ensure they continue to remain invaluable to Lake District scramblers for years to come.

    Trail magazine

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Brian Evans

Brian Evans, one of the UK's leading climbers in the 1960s and 70s, has brought his wealth of mountain experience to this guide. He and his wife are well-known figures in the outdoor community and have provided walkers with a number of exceptional guides to exploring the countryside, particularly the English Lakes, on foot. Brian is a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild. Brian was a founder of Cicerone Press and is the authority on scrambling in the Lake District.

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