Piers Gill – Scafell Pike

Piers Gill

Piers Gill

 

Piers Gill is the deep cut gill which the Corridor Route crosses 200m after leaving Lingmell Col on the descent from the Pike. Piers Gill, itself, is a ‘canyon’ descent with several short pitches and one longer one; do not attempt to walk down the bed of the stream!!

There is a path on the NE( river right) bank.  This path has very steep sections next to large drops into the gill – there have been several serious accidents in this area in recent years.  Also, after a bad rock step the path crosses Greta Gill which can be hazardous or impossible if the weather is wet. If you find yourself in difficulties on this path then, it is probably safer to,  turn around and retrace your steps to the corridor route.

There is no path on the W ( river left ) bank and indeed there have been fatalities in this area in recent years. 

If you intend to descend by the Corridor Route then make sure that you go all they way round the corner of the Piers Gill crossing and actually slightly uphill to follow the path, well away from Piers Gill, which leads down to Styhead.

If you are at the head of Piers Gill and want to go to Wasdale via Hollowstones then, if you face downhill looking down the stream, Wasdale is uphill to your left.  Follow the Corridor route, south west,  over Lingmell Col, but continue on and down into Hollowstones rather than following the Corridor Route up the Pike.

One further point, there is no mobile phone coverage in the area around the gill!

Top of Piers Gill.

 

Just after crossing the top of Piers Gill the path splits – take the right hand branch for the Corridor Route.  The Corridor Route goes uphill slightly before continuing to descend to Styhead.  There is a rock step on the Corridor Route at the head Greta Gill (Greta is the next major stream crossing on the way down after Piers Gill). Once across Greta Gill do not follow what appears to be a track down the north bank ( river right )of Greta Gill.  This track is unconsolidated and has steep drops into Greta Gill; it isn’t the continuation of the Corridor Route.

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Our Callout Archive: Piers Gill – Scafell Pike

Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Mon 10th Sep 2018 – Callout 49 in 2018

We were called by Police about a further group of 3 walkers who had become lost whilst descending Scafell Pike and one of whom had fallen somewhere towards the gill. Team members from the earlier incident went back up the hill whilst further support was obtained from other Wasdale and Duddon Team members. Conditions by …

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sat 11th Aug 2018 – Callout 36 in 2018

We were called by Police initially by a walker reporting themselves lost somewhere on Scafell Pike. We were then called by two more walkers reporting themselves lost who turned out to be part of the same party. Using PhoneFind the locations of both groups were determined and then small teams went to each location. The …

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sat 30th Sep 2017 – Callout 82 in 2017

The team was called again for a group of 4 walkers who had become lost whilst descending Scafell Pike. It was difficult to make phone contact with them and their location was far from certain when the search started but they were located reasonably quickly on the Piers Gill path and walked back down.

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sun 10th Sep 2017 – Callout 75 in 2017

We were called by Police about a walker and their friend who were struggling to descend due to aggravating a pre-existing injury. The two made their way down as far as they could but were then stopped by the Greta Gill crossing at the bottom of the Piers Gill path which was in spate and …

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Wed 9th Aug 2017 – Callout 63 in 2017

We were called by Police about a walker who was struggling to make progress whilst on the Piers Gill path descending from Scafell Pike. The walker was located by team members and after a quick assessment the walker was supported to walk off the mountain.

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Wed 26th Oct 2016 – Callout 64 in 2016

The team was called out to help rescue a family group who’d become lost on Scafell Pike. They were located near to the top of Piers Gill then walked back to Wasdale by team members.

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sun 26th Jun 2016 – Callout 32 in 2016

Whilst the first incident was ongoing we got a second call for 2 walkers reporting themselves cragfast on steep ground overlooking a water fall. The precise position was unclear but as we were in the area Piers Gill was a possibility. With the possibility of a technical rescue at the same time as a stretcher …

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sat 25th Jun 2016 – Callout 30 in 2016 (limited)

We were called by Police about a walker who had become separated from her group and got lost. Using Sarloc we were able to position her at the head of Piers Gills and small team went out to escort her off the hill.

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Sun 3rd Apr 2016 – Callout 12 in 2016 (limited)

We were called by Police about a group of 2 and a group of 3 who had combined after getting lost on the descent of Scafell Pike. They believed they were near Piers Gill, which was confirmed by Sarloc and a small group was sent up to help them walk off the mountain. Few of …

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Piers Gill, Scafell Pike – Fri 23rd Oct 2015 – Callout 61 in 2015 (limited)

We were called by Police about a group of 3 walkers who reported themselves lost whilst walking on Scafell Pike. Using Sarloc and speaking with the party the team leader determined they were near the head of Piers Gill. They were given directions to get back to the path and a small team went onto …

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