I met Yavanna and her dad at Longnor as arranged and shortly afterwards Major Cynic and his mate Dave joined us. The early morning mist had lifted by the time we set off about 10am.
From Longnor we dropped into the Dove Valley which we followed to Hollingsclough village. From there we followed the wall up to the summit of Hollins Hill before dropping down to Stoop Farm. Major Cynic and Dave headed off down the valley while Yavanna, her dad and I headed southeast towards Chrome Hill. Nick the ex Mod joined us there and we switchbacked over Chrome Hill, down to the road, then up over Parkhouse Hill.
We stopped briefly at Earl Sterndale where Major Cynic and Dave rejoined us. We split again after the stop; Nick left for home while Major and Dave headed back towards Longnor.
Yavanna, her dad and I walked up to the trig point on High Wheeldon. After a very steep descent, we reunited with Major and Dave at Longnor just in time for a cuppa before the cafe shut.
All in all, a very pleasant outing - the weather held dry all day, patchy cloud coming and going, but much of the route was very muddy.
... Sca Fell via Lords Rake (LR) and the West Wall Traverse (WW) and Bowfell via the Climbers Traverse (CT).
Good choices, Gordo - if you enjoyed Tryfan, you'll love those two walks
Gordo wrote (see) ... once you are in Deep Gill I assumed the route would be fairly obvious. Are there any points where navigation can be tricky or confusing?
The only critical location is the start of the Traverse in the sidewall of Lords Rake below the chockstone. Once you locate that point there rest of the route is obvious.
I was shown the West Wall / Deep Gill route by a couple of experienced acquaintances which helped with route-finding. TR here.
More recently I was up there with Dave and found the route easily enough. Read my TR here. Better yet, Dave's blog entry for the walk has photos showing the location of the West Wall Traverse in Lords Rake.
Gordo wrote (see) Bowfell Climbers Traverse – I have read that locating the start of the CT can be tricky...
IME, you should have little trouble locating the Climbers Traverse. It leaves the path which runs up The Band at NY 25561 06120 just south of the top of Grunting Gill.