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Seathwaite, Sty Head Pass, Corridor Route, Esk Hause, Glaramara, Cumbria.
(2 Ĺ day backpack)
Tue 28 May - Thu 30 May 2019

Tue 28 May 2019

Tue 28 May 2019
Wed 29 May 2019
Thu 30 May 2019
 
Itís been a while since I did any backpacking on foot over the hills so I decided to visit Cumbria for a couple of high camps. I usually leave shortly after 6am for my day walks but because of last minute re-packing & checks it was after 06:30 when I was underway. I was surprised how much more traffic was on the motorway with cars & vans ducking and diving between lanes. I reached Keswick then south alongside Derwentwater and on to Seathwaite. At the end of the lane I reached the farmyard and turned right along the track and in to the field which is a campsite and also car park.
Increase in car parking charges
I was astonished to see the price for parking had gone up substantially. A days pacing from £3 to £5 and overnight from £5 to £8. That means my planned 2 nights in the mountains will cost me £16. I walked back to the farmyard and saw a man working in the shipon. He said charges went up last year and were to bring theirs in line with the rest of the valley. I didn't fancy leaving my car on the lane for 2 nights so parked in the field near the wall and grudgingly paid my £16 into the metal box on a pole. The email is peteedmondson@sky.com and number 017687 77394.
Stockley Bridge
There were several tents already on the large field. For many years I've been using my Berghaus C7 Pro 70+10 rucksack for back packing. The fiddly ratchet adjuster for the shoulder strap to waste adjustment has disintegrated so I've gone back to my Karrimor Jaguar GR 80 sack which is almost a kg lighter and much more comfortable to wear. I set off to join the other walkers heading up the valley toward Stockley Bridge.
Above Sty Head Gill
I'd managed to get my pack weight down a few kg and was pleasantly surprised how easier it made the walk. It was overcast but felt quite warm so soon had to take my jersey off. At Stockey Bridge I stopped to take a photo and have something to eat before starting the steady climb up by Styhead Gill. Along the gill where the gradient levelled off I reached the footbridge which looks like its been replaced in the last 12months or so. Earlier this year I saw the Grains Gill footbridge had also just been replaced so they could both have been done at the same time.
New footbridge
I passed Styhead Tarn and on up to the First Aid Shelter Box at Sty Head Pass. There were a lot of people about but none at the box. I headed east along the path towards Sprinkling Tarn. Before it starts to climb is the right turn off for the Corridor Route up to Scafell Pike.
Styhead Stretcher Box
This is my way and it was interesting to note the site of the marker cairn. Many years ago it was just a small pile of rocks and many people missed the turn off, especially in bad visibility. Now the cairn is about 1.5m high. The first part of the path descends then starts the steady climb. Higher up there are stone steps which make the going much easier.
Styhead Tarn

Lots of people heading up the Corridor Route
There were many people and groups heading up the path but eventually I reached the point where I left it to climb up towards Lambfoot Dub. There is no path up the steep grassy slope but the going is straightforward. Eventually I reached the area where I'd planned to camp but found a different spot to pitch than the last time. The weather was a mix of cloud and blue skies and felt pleasant when the sun came out.
Camp 1 & Great Gable in the background

Using up the last of my Christmas presents - a miniature whiskey

Blencathra in the distance

View from the tent door

 I pitched my Hilleberg Soulo tent which is the strongest tent I have with its 3 poles and many guy lines. I reckoned I wouldn't need them all. I wandered over to Lambfoot Dub to get water and retreated to my tent. The view of Great Gable from the tent door was rather nice. Later in the evening I was out to watch the sunset but it wasn't as picturesque as I'd hoped.