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Great End

Of the mountains that are in the Scafell chain in the English Lake District, Great End is the most northerly mountain chain. If you view Great End from the southern end, it appears to be nothing more than a lump that continues the chain, but from the north you will see an enormous mountain with a face that rises above Sprinkling Tarn. Great End is very popular for wild camping with the north face attracting mountain climbers.
The north eastern cliffs are contain many gullies and are approximately 600 feet from the Esk Hause path. Their placement ensures the absence of the suns rays upon them thus contributing to the retention of snow in the gullies well past the end of winter. If you go to the west of the cliffs you will find a ridge that descends gradually into the direction of Sty Head. The name of this area of Great End is The Band, and it contains a harsh gash across the surface of its features. On The Band’s western side is a deep ravine called Skew Gill that is a tributary of Lingmell Beck. As you reach the base of The Band you will note that the ridge continues and becomes part of the top of Seathwaite Fell that includes many different tarns with the largest being Sprinkling Tarn with an indented shoreline that makes it a perfect foreground for viewing the cliff and absorbing all the beauty of Great End.
Sty Head is a great area in the District for walkers and includes the area between Great End and Great Gables. This region is the connecting point for the two most popular areas for walks within the high fells. Sty Head is also a crossroads area for other paths that lead directly to Great Gables and lead all the way to Sprinkling Tarn. For the fell climber or walker, all of these areas within Great End can provide plenty of scenery and adventure along the way.
It’s important for walkers both new and experienced to make certain they know the Great End well before attempting any of the less travelled and rockier areas. Great End with its streams and gullies can provide any walker with both a sense of adventure and scenery that is like nothing you have ever seen. If you take the time to educate yourself about Great End and learn where to walk in order to avoid becoming injured or incurring dangerous ridges or slopes, you will find this mountainous range quite a sight to behold.
The key to enjoyment with Great End or any other mountain ranges in the Lake District is to know what lies ahead and be prepared to slow down, stop or turn around. As long as you take reasonable precautions when walking the Great end you will be able to absorb all of the pleasures and adventures that lie within its slopes and valleys. This is true not only of Great End but also any of the mountain ranges within the Lake District or any other mountainous region.
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