Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District at 170 feet is hidden away in a deep tree-lined gorge and it is a little gem of a place, if a little wet…
The intention was to go up on to Red Pike and get a Quality Mountain Day on the log book, however, the further up towards Scale Force we got the wetter and boggier it became. Had we just followed the footpaths then the whole boggy wet issue may have been avoided but I was determined to practice my navigation and go off grid.
My trusty companion and best friend was along for the ride and unbeknown to me she was setting me target and attack points and then testing me by using her new Ordnance Survey Maps App. Once she had fessed up about doing this, and congratulating me on being 100% correct (allowing myself a smug moment now), we sat down for some lunch to have a good look at the new App.
It is really simple to use and has all the instantly recognisable navigation symbols that we associate with Ordnance Survey, it can track your route, you can link to a desktop version and also if you just fancy a bit of time off from the navigating is has a snap-to for pathways within the National Parks. An excellent feature in addition to this is the on route following to alert you when you go off your planned path – which can be easily done for many, including me when having a good natter with an old friend! All in all I am loving this App, along with OS Locate a definite for when I am up on the hill as a back up to my trusty map and compass.
Anyway, back to Scale Force which was very impressive, being so wet there was a good flow of water and the closer in I got the more I wanted to get my climbing gear and do some extreme gorge walking and see if you could climb up it. No there’s a challenge