I had always, kind of, avoided this one. I was always told that the route
straight up from the Kirkstone Pass Inn was too steep and and exposed for
someone like me, who doesn't "do" heights. However, today, Wednesday 23rd
July 2008, there was no choice. That was the route. Nonetheless, the excellent
full English breakfast at the Kirkstone Pass Inn went down a treat, as did the
pot of tea that accompanied it. We thanked our hosts for a very comfortable and
well looked-after stay, and set foot outside the inn.
As yesterday, the cloudbase was hovering around the 700m ASL mark, a little
below the summit of Red Screes. We walked across the pub car park and through
the gate, and followed the stone flagged path to the start of the steep
staircase. What a gift! This stone flagged stairway may strike disgust
into the hearts of the purists, but for me it enabled a swift 45 minute ascent
to the summit without a hint of exposure. After a rest, a bite to eat and a few
photos, we were QRV on 2m FM by 10.20am local, and making 19 contacts.
This really was a very good start to the day. The height had been quickly gained, and we would now be walking over 2000 feet for most of the day. The Kirkstone Pass Inn looked a long way below us, but it really had been a rapid and straightforward approach. Jimmy did a little map and compass work before leading us off on the long traverse over to Fairfield G/LD-007. Thanks to the following stations all worked on 2m FM with 2.5 watts: