For our first hike in the Lake District we decided we would climb Scafell Pike (the highest point in England) under the idea that we would “go big or go home”. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea, as we had very little hiking experience between us and it was one of the hottest days of the year… but we went for it anyway!
We started our journey in a farm just outside Seathwaite and slowly made our way up the footpath along the River Derwent towards Stockley Bridge.
Once we crossed the lovely slate bridge it was a steep trek up the mountain…
…but luckily for us we had a very noisy stonechat leading the way!
After a while we came across a pool of crystal clear water in the river so we decided to stop and eat lunch. It was a beautiful spot and we couldn’t resist dipping our feet in.
When we had finished our lunch we carried on our journey up to the summit with some amazing views along the way.
After what felt like a lifetime we finally reached Styhead Tarn which is a stunning mountain lake half way on our route to Scafell Pike.
At this point we realised that we wouldn’t reach Scafell Pike but we were going to try our best to get as close as we damn well could! So we soldiered on, getting lost on the many paths from Styhead Tarn, before admitting defeat and heading back to our apartment.
We will return to conquer the mountain another day!!!