Boat How - Lake District Walk

Friday 16th June 2006

The intention of today's walk was to reach the summit of Scafell and descend via Slight Side, but as we arrived at the campsite an hour later than we had planned for we had to make the decision halfway up Scafell to turn back or risk returning in failing light. A quick check of the map meant that we returned via Boat How and the Boot Inn, which we couldn't pass without calling in for a well earned drink.

Start: Hollins Farm Campsite (NY 178 010)

Route: Hollins Farm Campsite - Eel Tarn - Burnmoor Tarn - Hard Rigg - Burnmoor Tarn - Boat How (89) - Brat's Moss - Boot Inn - Hollins Farm Campsite

Distance: 8.25 miles     Ascent: 580 metres      Time Taken: 5 hrs

Weather: High cloud but warm and bright.

Pub Visited: The Boot Inn, Boot    Ale Drunk: Little Valley Brewery, Crag Vale

Route Map >>


Eel Tarn

Looking back at Eel Tarn.

The view back down the valley with Gill Bank farm just visible.

Burnmoor Tarn

Burnmoor Tarn, the bump on the hill to its left is the summit of Boat How

Eskdale Fell

Eskdale Fell from the ascent to Scafell.


Yewbarrow with Wast Water to its left.

Illgill Head

Illgill Head looks far less dramatic from this side, where there are no scree slopes.


Scafell at the time we estimated we might have made the summit.
When we decided to give up on the summit it was in cloud.


Looking down Mitterdale from the summit of Boat How. The hump sticking out of the trees on the right is Great Bank.

Boat How

Boat How summit.


Scafell with Eskdale Fell in front, from Boat How.

Green Crag

Green Crag across Eskdale valley.

Harter Fell

Harter Fell from the path down to Boot.


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