Broad Stand

Walkers at the top of Broad Stand

Walkers at the top of Broad Stand

Broad Stand sits at the north end of Scafell, facing Scafell Pike. You can just make out a small party of walkers contemplating the descent (but wisely choosing to take the safer path in the end – which is via Foxes Tarn).

The first recorded descent of Broad Stand was in 1802, by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (he of ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ fame), when he descended by the simple, but not recommended, method of dropping himself down to the next ledge, repeating until he reached the bottom. He was a bit mad.

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