Great End, which has an elevation of 910 metres is the most northerly mountain in the Scafell chain in The Lake District, is a familiar location for wild camping and it’s north face tempts many climbers.
Cust’s Gully, which is at the western end of Great End’s cliffs, was named after the 19th century pioneer climber and sketcher, Arthur Cust, who was a classical scholar from Yorkshire and who was also known for his watercolour drawings of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Cust’s Gully is a Grade 1 rock climb, however, it is a difficult obstacle for walkers climbing up from Sprinkling Tarn. Apparently Cust’s first winter ascent of the gully was recorded in 1880, however, he is thought to have ascended it earlier than this.
Great End can be ascended from: Wasdale Head along Lingmell Gill and Spouthead Gill, Sty Head Tarn via The Band, Great Langdale via Rossett Gill, Borrowdale via Grains Gill and Eskdale. Great End, as an intermediate objective, can also be climbed via the main path between Esk Hause and Scafell Pike, this only requires a detour of approximately 400 metres. The summit of Great End, which has two cairns of similar height, has spectacular views.