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Slight Side
762m (2501ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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Walk Slight Side walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria    England

The view from the summit of Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell

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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Slight Side Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Slight Side

Richard Marchant walked up Slight Side on September 29th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked at the Wha House Farm National Trust car park in Eskdale & basically this was a straight up & back walk from there. [with] On my Own [weather] Sunny clear day with no breeze.

Andrew Johnson climbed Slight Side on July 1st, 2021 [from/via/route] Wasdale [weather] Fair weather

Clare Tait bagged Slight Side on August 10th, 2021 [from/via/route] From pull in near Wha House Farm car park. Car park was full. [with] Charlie [weather] Dry & bright in the valleys; sadly cloud on the higher summits. - No. 72 Wainwright. Found this extremely hard. Took the route described as ' the easiest' through bog & over multiple streams. Slight Side had a horrible steep path of loose dirt & scree. Sca Fell itself looked huge & forbidding. More zigzag paths of scree. The top was covered in low cloud & there was no view over to Sca Fell Pike. Returned the same way although went wrong & stayed too high at the base of Slight Side. Glad it's done. Won't return.

Christine Shepherd hiked Slight Side on May 10th, 2009 [from/via/route] I climbed this from Eskdale using walk c175 Climbed again 19.07.2021 from Wasdale Head after climbing Scafell via Lord's Rake. [with] On my own [weather] Bright & clear - This was the last of the highest 100 Wainwrights which was my target before deciding to climb them all.

Wayne Baxter summited Slight Side on July 14th, 2021 [from/via/route] From Wha House farm car park (opposite the farm). Walked up to cats crag onto Slight Side. Onto Long Green leading to Sca Fell. Return same route. [with] Sue [weather] Cloudy with the odd sunny spell

Richard Marshall conquered Slight Side on July 31st, 2020 [from/via/route] From Boot. Fell off ScaFell [with] Bo [weather] Very Hot. Breezy on top

Paul Macey scaled Slight Side on July 14th, 2020 [from/via/route] On way too & back from Scar Fell from Eskdale Hard Knott passage [weather] Low cloud

Elaine Evans walked up Slight Side on September 23rd, 2019 [from/via/route] From Wasdale campsite carpark, via corpse road towards Burnmoor Tarn, ascended to Sca Fell then descended to Slight Side, back to corpse road & returned to car. [with] Sue [weather] Wonderful walking weather - fair, sunshine & cloud with a cooling breeze. Poor visibility on Sca Fell summit. - Very boggy ground on way up & on way down. Saw memorial to Polish pilots who crashed in 1941 - some wreckage still present at site.

Phillip Bulley climbed Slight Side on September 8th, 2019 [from/via/route] Via Scafell. [with] Ruby. [weather] Sunny & warm.

Bay Wan bagged Slight Side on August 25th, 2019 [from/via/route] Slight Side to Scafell loop (avoided Scafell Pike like the plague because a) it was August Bank holiday weekend & b) I heard it was all bouldery so not really my bag) [with] Cocoa dog - 8 yrs old [weather] Sunny summers day. 25 degrees. Lovely with a breeze. Cooking without. - Path disappeared after about an hour on the way up to Slight Side at Whinscales & it's pretty boggy in most if the way, however, treading a lesser used path has its advantages being I saw no one until I neared Scafell! Didn't enjoy the scree descent down from Scafell & the boggy return, although the path was better here.

Michael Hope hiked Slight Side on June 10th, 2019 [from/via/route] Followed the route,except for Symonds Knott [with] Lou [weather] Fantastic day,scattered CU cloud,18'C at start,virtually calm - Called at the Woolpack Inn for a drink before returning to car. Lots of hens,a cock & a duck outside the pub fighting for our crisps. Also called at the King George IV Inn at Eskdale for a drink. There was a beautiful Border terrier in the bar,his name was Maltby.

Christina Lander summited Slight Side on February 24th, 2019 [from/via/route] Dalgarth Station, Boot - Eskdale Moor - Burnmoor Tarn - Scafell - Slight Side - Eel Tarn - Boot [with] Dick & Meg [weather] A beautiful warm day, mostly sunny. Windy on the ascent of Scafell, but still on the ridge

Craig Steeland conquered Slight Side on June 26th, 2018 [from/via/route] Wha House Farm car park at bottom of Hardknott Pass [with] On my own [weather] Hot & sunny with no wind.

Chris Sheard scaled Slight Side on April 10th, 2018 [from/via/route] Up from Boot past Eel tarn. Pleasant to start becoming persistent rain then hellish gusts which blew both of us off our feet. Wild & wonderful. [with] George [weather] Started cloudy turning to rain & finished with broken cloud & sun - Cloud caused some navigation problems in middle section. rain & strong winds pushed us off track but recovered well.

Iain Jones walked up Slight Side on August 26th, 2017 [from/via/route] The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale (The Wainwright 60 - Day 6 (Scafell)) [with] Graeme High

John Walter climbed Slight Side on July 14th, 2017 [with] Tricia [weather] Warm

Simon Boddy bagged Slight Side on June 25th, 2017 [from/via/route] Eskdale [with] HF Holidays [weather] Sunny & breezy

Anthony Scott hiked Slight Side on May 4th, 2017 [from/via/route] YHA Eskdale [with] me [weather] Glorious! Blue sky, some white cloud, 15 degrees. Just a bit windy, gales high up!

Graham Staples summited Slight Side on April 22nd, 2017 [from/via/route] Eskdale [with] Jeremy Baines, Peter Tesar and John Winchcombe [weather] Glorious - Very hard walking, scramble up climbers traverse quite challenging

Steve Cookson has conquered Slight Side [from/via/route] Eskdale [with] Gillie [weather] Sunny

Mark Davidson scaled Slight Side on November 9th, 2002 [with] Anne S, Sally, Tony & the gang etc [weather] Clear for November

Dave Eyes walked up Slight Side on May 12th, 2016 [from/via/route] Walked up from NT Carpark near camp site in Wasdale Head [with] Christine Eyes [weather] Sunny

Charlie Housley climbed Slight Side on June 25th, 2016 [from/via/route] Ridge route from Scafell. [with] Solo. [weather] Poor visibility above 2500ft.

Tony Rogerson bagged Slight Side on June 23rd, 2011 [from/via/route] Eskdale Symonds Knott Sca Fell & Slight Side [weather] Low cloud

Philip Layton hiked Slight Side on July 14th, 2006 [with] Karen, Karen & Steve

Harry Meijer summited Slight Side on August 30th, 2015 [from/via/route] custom walk [with] The Lake District Walker

Jill Dean conquered Slight Side on September 19th, 2015 [from/via/route] Wool pack inn [with] Grezzy and Jill [weather] Lovely - Anniversary weekend

Kevin Parnham scaled Slight Side on August 23rd, 2015 [from/via/route] From Woolpack Inn,Eskdale & Wha House Farm [with] Jo and Charlotte [weather] lovely day but very gusty - cows in upper eskdale

Leon Harvey walked up Slight Side on July 26th, 2015 [from/via/route] Boot [with] Solo [weather] overcast - Long

David Noble climbed Slight Side on June 21st, 2015 [from/via/route] Eskdale [with] April and Beefy [weather] Overcast no views - Karl & sue & beefys 214 n April 214 x 6

Christine Knowles bagged Slight Side on May 14th, 2015 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head Inn via Sca Fell [with] Graham [weather] Pleasant, but very windy

Clive Ward hiked Slight Side on April 5th, 2015 [from/via/route] Eskdale - Wha via Terrace route [with] Hazel [weather] Almost perfect. Some cloud inversion but mostly sunny. - Easter Sunday

Colin Egan summited Slight Side on March 26th, 2015 [from/via/route] Ascent from Eskdale [with] My wife Faith ans son Peter [weather] Very windy

Mark Hartshorne conquered Slight Side on August 23rd, 2014 [from/via/route] From Boot Camp site, through the tiny village & past the Boot Inn (which I remember as the Burnmoor Inn - 'Josie's Place' - back in 1980. Up the old Coffin Road to Burnmoor Tarn & then across the bog - fortunately dry - towards Scafell. Up beside the stream & a steep clamber on a reasonable path through scree & rock to the summit. Then along the ridge down to Slight Side & then across the moor back down to Boot via Stony Tarn & Eel Tarn & the wonderfully named Peelplace Doddle. [with] Flash [weather] Hot & sunny for ascent. Cloudy & breezy on top of Scafell. Sunny patches through the afternoon. - Flash's first Lake District Walk - and, boy, was he tired afterwards. A delightful climb from Boot on the Old Coffin Road to Wasdale Head & then a springy moorland stroll to Burnmoor Tarn. Good thing it was dry, making crossing the bog to Long Gill quite easy. A steep slog over grass & then scree to the top. Only a dozen others on an August Bank Holiday Saturday. Lunch then an easy stroll above Cam Spout & Tom Fox's Crag to Slight Side. A steep descent from there to the moor below & a faint path back to Boot as noted above. Got slightly lost at the very end & followed a poor path above the in-bye wall back to Boot. Flash found a stick on top of Scafell - somehow. Delighted! He found the scree hard work but coped well with boulders on top. A great day.

Keith Eastman scaled Slight Side on July 23rd, 2014 [from/via/route] c175

Bella Wella walked up Slight Side on June 15th, 2014 [with] Rosemary & Paul

Steve Frank climbed Slight Side on April 18th, 2014 [from/via/route] Boot

Martin Leighfield bagged Slight Side on July 19th, 2008 [from/via/route] Boot - Boot

Derek Parkin hiked Slight Side on July 16th, 2013 [with] lynn parkin

Brian Laverty summited Slight Side on July 27th, 2010 [from/via/route] boot [with] wendy [weather] rubbish

Darren Mortimer conquered Slight Side on December 2nd, 2012 [from/via/route] Eskdale [with] Dermot Palmer - Sunny with no wind & ice on the tops

Iain Taylor scaled Slight Side on October 18th, 2009 [from/via/route] Hardknott Pass (NY 20868 01018)

Mr Davison walked up Slight Side during July, 2012 [from/via/route] wha house farm to sca fell [with] jenny davison [weather] sunny

Colin Pomfret climbed Slight Side on July 28th, 1991 [from/via/route] Brotherikeld

Jenny Godfrey, Jane Wilkinson, Leon Potts, Louis Smith, Jonathan Tobin, Louise Sandwith, Linda Mckeogh, Trevor Longman, Claire Rigg, David Hughes, Simon Duerden, Peter Clark, Paul Booth, Jeanette Coward, David Hickin, Paul Henderson, Trevor Williams, John Kendall, John Cuthbert, Victoria Bates, Stephen Millington, Rob Barklamb, Martyn Rouse, Sam Mercer and Ray O'hara have all walked, climbed & bagged Slight Side.

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Burnmoor Tarn from Slight Side

Burnmoor Tarn from Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell (5)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End from Crinkle Crags (Long Top)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End from Crinkle Crags (Long Top)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (171)

Esk Pike and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Slight Side

Esk Pike and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell (4)

From left to right: Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End, Esk Hause, Esk Pike, Bow Fell (Bowfell), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Cold Pike, Little Stand and finally the shoulder of Grey Friar from the summit of Hard Knott

From left to right: Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End, Esk Hause, Esk Pike, Bow Fell (Bowfell), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Cold Pike, Little Stand and finally the shoulder of Grey Friar from the summit of Hard Knott

Photo: Colin Jenkins (31)

Eskdale from Slight Side

Eskdale from Slight Side

Photo: David Hayter (377)

Hard Knott from Slight Side

Hard Knott from Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell (1)

Sca Fell from Slight Side

Sca Fell from Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell (7)

The tiny cairn on the summit of Slight Side

The tiny cairn on the summit of Slight Side

Photo: Christine Shepherd (837)

Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Great End and Esk Hause from Lingcove Bridge

Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Great End and Esk Hause from Lingcove Bridge

Photo: Colin Jenkins (33)

Walkers on Slight Side

Walkers on Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell (6)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End - from the summit cairn on Crinkle Crags (South Top)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End - from the summit cairn on Crinkle Crags (South Top)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (168)

Little Stand (foreground), Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco) (left), Wetherlam and The Old Man of Coniston (right) from Slight Side

Little Stand (foreground), Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco) (left), Wetherlam and The Old Man of Coniston (right) from Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell (2)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike and Ill Crag - from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike and Ill Crag - from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (180)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End - from the summit of Little Stand

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End - from the summit of Little Stand

Photo: Alan Wainwright (166)

Burnmoor Tarn from Slight Side

Burnmoor Tarn from Slight Side

Photo: David Hayter (378)

Harter Fell (Eskdale) (centre left), Cam Spout Crag and Slight Side (centre right) with Eskdale below from Ill Crag summit

Harter Fell (Eskdale) (centre left), Cam Spout Crag and Slight Side (centre right) with Eskdale below from Ill Crag summit

Photo: Craig Carter (31)


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