If anyone wants to escape crowds on the way to Scafell Pike and do easy scramblimg on this broad ridge/almost all diffilculties are avoidable,on the other hand there is scope for more difilcut scrambling/.Beware!!There is no path on the ridge.Route finding abilities needed!!
The shortest way up is from Brotherilkeld farm/parking/,however it is long walk through Eskdale valley/approx.2 hours/.The path follows right bank of river Esk then crosses bridge and turns left to reach Great Moss.The Cockly Pike ridge is now clearly visible,it is right hand skyline from Crag III.Follow the path to Esk hause until you reach small moraine.Now leave path to the left and start ascent boulder slope to reach Cokly Pike.
From top of Cockly Pike is wide choice of route.The best way is to follow rock rib on the left or there is steep scree in the middle of ridge.Finally there is fine finish on sound rock on summit tower/grade 2/.This is avoidable on the left.From summit of III crag turn right to reach saddle between III crag and Broad crag and meet crowds on path from Esk house.From here easy stroll to Scafell Pike.
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Best map is Ordnance survey 1:25000 scale/Cockly pike is mentioned in this edition,not mentioned in 1:50000 scale/.Good source for this and other scrambles in Lakes is Scrambles in Lake district by Brian Evans from Ciccerone guides.
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