Scrambles in the Lake District - South

By Brian Evans

Guidebook to 126 scrambling routes in the English Lake District. The graded scrambles climb the rocks and ghylls of Langdale, Easedale, Coniston, Duddon Valley, Howgills, Eskdale, Longsleddale and Kentmere. Routes range from grade 1 through grades 2 to 4, where the use of a rope is recommended. Includes advice on equipment, safety and techniques.



Not suitable in winter or bad weather conditions


Ambleside, Coniston, Langdale valley, Seathwaite, Boot, Staveley, Tebay


All scrambles graded: the easiest are suitable for adventurous walkers while higher grades require rope and mountaineering skills
Must See

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Esk Gorge, Crescent Climb (Pavey Ark), Long Crag Buttress, Pike of Stickle, Raven Crag (Yewdale), Easy Terrace (Dow Crag)
14 Mar 2016
17.2 x 11.5 x 1.8cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes 126 gill and crag scrambling routes in the north of the Lake District, with sections covering Langdale, Easedale, Coniston, Duddon Valley, Howgills, Eskdale, Longsleddale and Kentmere. 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 Crag, Eskdale; Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark; Thor's Butress, Eskdale; Esk Gorge; and Raven Crag, Yewdale. 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
    Conservation awareness
    Using this guide
    The routes
    Access, conservation and bird restrictions
    Route 1 Raven Crag
    Route 2 White Crag
    Route 3 Thorn Crag
    Route 4 Loft Crag Buttress
    Route 5 South-East Gully, Gimmer
    Route 6 Dungeon Ghyll, Lower Section
    Route 7 Dungeon Ghyll, Upper Ravine
    Route 8 Pike Howe
    Route 9 Stickle (Mill) Gill
    Tarn Crag
    Route 10 The Groove, Tarn Crag
    Route 11 The Spur, Tarn Crag
    Route 12 East Rib, Tarn Crag
    Route 13 Tarn Crag Gill
    Route 14 White Gill Edge
    Route 15 Scale Gill
    Pavey Ark
    Route 16 Jack's Rake
    Route 17 Pavey Far East
    Route 18 Crescent Climb, Pavey Ark
    Harrison Stickle
    Route 19 South-West Face, Harrison Stickle
    Route 20 South Central Buttress, Harrison Stickle
    Route 21 South-East Ridge, Harrison Stickle
    Route 22 East Ridge, Harrison Stickle
    Pike of Stickle
    Route 23 Main Face, Pike of Stickle
    Route 24 The Grey Band Route, Pike of Stickle
    Route 25 West Ridge, Pike of Stickle
    Route 26 West Gully Ribs, Pike of Stickle
    Route 27 Stake Gill
    Route 28 Bowfell Links, Pinnacle Rib
    Route 29 Rossett Slabs
    Route 30 Allen Crags Gill
    Route 31 Esk Pike, North West Spur
    Route 32 Browney Gill, Lower Section
    Route 33 Browney Gill, Upper Section
    Route 34 Hell Gill
    Route 35 Crinkle Gill
    Crinkle Crags
    Route 36 Crinkle Crags Buttress
    Pike of Blisco
    Route 37 Long Scar, Old Holborn
    Route 38 Little Acorn, Black Crag
    Route 39 Scrambler's Corner, Black Crag
    Route 40 Redacre Gill
    Route 41 Side Pike, South Ridge
    Route 42 Sourmilk Gill
    Route 43 Easedale Gill
    Route 44 Belles Knott
    Route 45 Gibson Knott, Horn Crag (Route 1)
    Route 46 Helm Crag
    The Coniston Fells
    Route 47 The Bell
    Route 48 Low Water Beck
    Route 49 Brim Fell Slabs
    Coppermines Valley
    Route 50 Levers Water Beck
    Route 51 Simon's Nick Ridge
    Route 52 Gill Cove Crag, North Edge
    Route 53 Cove Rib
    Route 54 Raven Tor
    Great How and Little How
    Route 55 Little How
    Route 56 Great How
    Coniston Village
    Route 57 Long Crag Buttress
    Route 58 Long Crag, Boulder Route
    Route 59 Mouldry Bank and Rascal How
    Route 60 Church Beck, Coniston
    Route 61 Sunlight Slabs
    Upper Red Dell
    Route 62 Lower Hows
    Route 63 Upper Hows
    Route 64 Low Wether Crag
    Route 65 High Wether Crag
    Yewdale and Tilberthwaite
    Route 66 Raven Crag, Yewdale
    Route 67 Pussie's Paradise
    Route 68 Tilberthwaite Gill
    Route 69 Swallow Scar
    Birk Fell
    Route 70 Route One, Borlase Crags
    Route 71 Route Two, Borlase Crags
    Route 72 Glassy Crag
    Route 73 Glassy Crag Continuation Ribs
    Route 74 White Gill
    Route 75 Long Crag, Wetherlam
    Great Carrs
    Route 76 Great Carrs Buttress
    Route 77 Great Carrs, Central Buttress
    Route 78 Coniston Old Man, Goat Crag
    Dow Crag
    Route 79 Easy Terrace and its continuation
    Route 80 Easter Gully and Intermediate Gully
    Route 81 E-Buttress
    Route 82 F-Buttress
    Duddon Valley
    The Seathwaite Valley (Tarn Beck Area)
    Route 83 Tarn Beck
    Route 84 Throng Close Buttress
    Route 85 Crag Band Buttress
    Route 86 Little Blake Rigg
    Seathwaite Tarn
    Route 87 Shudderstone How and Near Hill Crag
    Route 88 Raven Nest How
    Route 89 Far Hill Crag
    Route 90 Great Blake Rigg
    Route 91 White Pike
    Route 92 Hollin How and Basin Barrow
    Route 93 Harter Fell by Brandy Crag
    Route 94 Castle How
    Route 95 Hardknott Gill
    Route 96 Border End
    Route 97 Little Stand
    Route 98 Stonesty Gill
    Route 99 Red How from Wrynose Bottoms
    Lower Eskdale
    Route 100 North-West Crags, Harter Fell
    Route 101 The Harter Beanie
    Route 102 Low Birker Force
    Cook Crag and Green Crag
    Route 103 Crook Crag by Great Whinscale
    Route 104 Green Crag, West Side
    Route 105 Scale Gill (Cowcove Beck)
    Route 106 The Esk Gorge
    Route 107 Great Gill
    Route 108 Bursting Gills
    Route 109 Lingcove Beck
    Upper Eskdale
    Route 110 Cam Spout
    Route 111 Scafell –South-East Side, Greencove Wyke
    Route 112 Cam Spout Crag
    Route 113 Tom Fox's Crag
    Route 114 Horn Crag, Slight Side
    Route 115 Thor's Buttress and Pen
    Route 116 South-East Face, Ill Crag
    Route 117 Cockly Pike Ridge, Ill Crag
    Route 118 Esk Pike Fortress
    Route 119 Raven Crag, Kentmere
    Route 120 East Ridge, Rainsborrow Crag
    Route 121 South Gill, Rainsborrow Crag
    Route 122 Galeforth Gill
    Route 123 Tarn Crag, Pinnacle Ribs
    Route 124 Buckbarrow Crag, Left Edge
    Route 125 River Sprint
    The Howgill Fells
    Route 126 Black Force and Carlingill

    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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