With a forecast for HOT weather, this scramble will be just what you need to beat the heat, stay cool and hydrated. But, because the forecast is so good, there will be pressure on limited parking. Therefore, much as I hate Alpine starts, I’m setting a early start for this meet.
Route: Esk Gorge, grade 2, with options to extend, including Cam Spout (grade 3 or 1), or return downstream for an ascent of Lingcove Beck (grade 2).
Parking: Is on the large grass verges, at the foot of Hardknott Pass (west end), by the phone box at the entrance to Brothilkeld Farm.
Time: 8.30 at the parking place. A lift is available from Cockermouth, leaving at 7.15. Please contact me via my e-mail email@example.com if you would like a lift.
SPECIAL NOTES: Despite the largely good weather in last few weeks, the water levels remain high in most becks. Expect to get wet! More technical sections can be by-passed by wading, so shorts/ swimmers/or quick drying trousers are the best options, with lightweight footwear. You may prefer to have a change of footwear if you want to have dry feet on the walk-out. There are some fine pools which are swimmable for anyone wanting to increase the fun – but swimming is not obligatory!. I suggest keeping car keys, phones and wallets in waterproof bags. Don’t be daunted by any of this, it is a great trip.
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