Of to Eskdale tomorrow and fancy Lord's Rake route up Scafell but my revised Wainwright mentions that it may have become unsafe. Anybody been up recently and can offer advice?
Relatively recently; its slippy and dirty - safe....probably - difficult to advise someone else on one's own gut feeling though..
i saw a few people going up that way a few weeks ago,i was approaching mickledore from wasdale when i saw them, never heard any reports so presume they managed it ok.
When that lump of rock in Ed's picture first broke loose, walkers were warned off Lord's Rake, and it went very quiet. Since that time, I guess people have just got used to the rock lying there, and are going up and down regardless. Still... one day it's got to fall further... so just make sure you're not under it when it finally falls.
I think the revised advice about being unsafe refers to that big boulder. At some point it's going to fall at which point it won't be a safe place to be! Until then I guess you take your chances...
Edit, Paddy beat me to it!
We did it 2 years ago and had no problem even in driving rain.Stuck in my head quite vividly as I had a supplier call me whilst on the rake to discuss something to do with work. Quite surreal as I'm scrambling up.
AFAIK, the only advisory referring to Lords Rake is about that chockstone (in Ed's photo). I haven't heard of other warnings.
I walked up Lords Rake in May with friends (one of whom is an MRT member). One of our party went straight up past the chockstone, the rest of us went up West Wall Traverse and Deep Gill. There seemed no obvious deterioration in the rake itself.
As Ed says, it's a bit chossy and loose underfoot but otherwise a straightforward plod - hands for balance here and there, a bit scratty as you step up on slippery crap past the chockstone's base, a couple of other easy steps. But definitely safe.
Unless that sodding great stone falls while you are halfway up the lower section of the rake - definitely unsafe then.
Thanks eveyone, guess I'm going then, might leave the Ipod off and listen for nasty shifting rock noises though.
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