Stacks Image 4295

Red Screes.

Stacks Image 4299
To make our trip complete we decided to go for it and do another high climb, on consulting my Wainright book we decided to climb Red Screes at 776 metres just to the east of the Fairfield Horsehoe. Again you will find the fell in Wainrights Book number 1 the Eastern fells and again use OS map OL7. The route we used for the ascent was from Ambleside and included about 2400ft of ascent, and was a hard climb again in very hot temperatures and humidity so again we took plenty of provisions along the way. Red Screes gets its name from red scree that lies on its east face, we drove along the bottom via the Kirkstone pass the following day and you can climb this side however it looked dangerous . The route is very easy to follow on good paths with zero scrambling and as wainwright puts it you can climb it with your hands in your pocket, After the summit was reached we changed course and headed back via the Scandale pass a long walk back to the campsite.

this entry from Wikipedia
Red Screes is a ridge of high ground which runs for nearly 7 km in a north north-easterly direction from the town of Ambleside, and reaches a maximum height of 776 m. This ridge narrows at either end, giving it the shape of a long upturned boat. It is separated from neighbouring fells by Scandale Pass to the west (c.516 m) and Kirkstone Pass to the east (455 m). These two low cols mean that Red Screes is seen as an independent fell when viewed from the south of the Lake District. They also give the fell sufficient prominence to be classified as a Marilyn. There are two minor subsidiary tops: Snarker Pike (644 m) on the south ridge and Middle Dodd (654 m) on the north ridge. Each of these, however, has very little prominence above the ridge (less than 10 m).
Red Screes forms part of the main
watershed of the Lake District, which runs in an east-west direction across the summit and the two adjacent cols. All streams to the north eventually flow into the Solway Firth, and those to the south flow into Morecambe Bay. The boundaries of Red Screes are formed by the four streams in the adjacent valleys. To the south, Scandale Beck drains the western slopes and Stock Ghyll the eastern ones. These both join the River Rothay a few yards apart just to the west of Ambleside. To the north, Caiston Beck drains the western slopes and Kirkstone Beck the eastern ones, and these join where they reach more level ground at the end of the ridge. Thus the boundaries of Red Screes are formed symmetrically by four valleys, with the fell between them, rather than rising at the head of any one of them.[2]
The broad southern ridge rises gently for four and a half kilometers from Ambleside. The lower slopes have been planted with small areas of mixed woodland and are extensively compartmentalised by an array of dry stone walls. North of the summit, the ridge narrows at Smallthwaite Band, before widening again to the summit of Middle Dodd. Beyond this, the descent is steep and rough though mainly grassy.
The western flanks are also rough, mainly grassy with some rock outcrops, rising steeply from Scandale and from Caiston Glen. The eastern side has been eroded by two steep
corries (known at coves in Cumbria). These give it a more rocky appearance, with two miles of screeslope looming above almost the full length of Kirkstone Pass, and well seen from the A592 road which crosses the pass. It is from this view that the fell takes its name. Prominent on Ordnance Survey maps is Kilnshaw Chimney, although in reality this is just a narrow gully beneath the summit.[3]

GPS data & Elevation profile.

Stacks Image 4310