Great End is the most northerly mountain in the
Scafell chain, in the English Lake District.
From the south it is simply a lump continuing
this chain but from the north it appears as an immense mountain, with an
imposing north face rising above Sprinkling Tarn (lake). This is a
popular location for wild camping, and the north face attracts many
The imposing north eastern
cliffs, split apart by gullies, rise some 600 ft from the Esk Hause
path. Their orientation ensures that the sun rarely reaches them, the
gullies often retaining snow well into the spring.
From the left when
viewed from below the principal fissures are South East Gully, Central
Gully and Cust's Gully.
To the west of the cliffs a ridge
descends more gradually in the general direction of Sty Head. This is
known as The Band, and it too sports a harsh gash across its features.
On the western side of The Band is the deep ravine of Skew Gill, a
tributary of Wasdale-bound Lingmell Beck. At the base of The Band the
ridge continues as the complex top of Seathwaite Fell, replete with
numerous tarns. The largest is Sprinkling Tarn with its beautifully
indented shoreline providing perfect foreground for views of the cliff.
Sty Head is one of the focal points of the District
for walkers. The name strictly applies to the col between Great End and
Great Gable at a height of 1,560 ft, but is now more generally given to
the path which crosses it. This connects two of the most popular
starting points for walks in the high fells, Wasdale Head and Seathwaite.
Sty Head is also a walker's crossroads with other paths leading direct
up Great Gable and following the outflow of Sprinkling Tarn up to Esk
Westward from the summit Great End makes a rocky
descent toward the arms of Lingmell Beck. This flank is crossed by the
Corridor Route, the popular path to Scafell Pike from Sty Head. Above
the path are the subsidiary top of Round How and the tiny, beautifully
clear tarn of Lambfoot Dub.
The southward ridge to the Scafells crosses a shallow
saddle and then climbs over Ill Crag and Broad Crag, a well blazoned
path leading across the stony terrain to the summit of Scafell Pike. To
the east of the first depression is Calf Cove, its easy slopes leading
down to Esk Hause.
The summit has two cairns of very similar height, that
to the north west being nearer to the cliff edge and having the better
view. Northwards along Borrowdale the vista is unsurpassed, but the
whole panorama is excellent. The heads of the gullies can also be
approached for startling views down the face.
Great End may be ascended from Sty Head Tarn via The
Band (not to be confused with the more famous Band on Bowfell), from
Wasdale Head along Lingmell Gill and Spouthead Gill, from Borrowdale via
Grains Gill, from Great Langdale via Rossett Gill and Esk Hause, or from
As an intermediate objective Great End may easily be climbed
from the main path between Esk Hause and Scafell Pike, requiring only a
detour of some 400 m.