Yes...quite. Wainwright is ambivalent. He gives a fairly unappetizing account of a descent he made in his early days (in shoes), when looking for Lord's Rake also in descent, but then claims it as a 'discovery' and a quick (and presumably safe) way off Scafell for someone properly equipped. I suspect the risk is less the route itself than the danger of missing the way through the formidable terrain. Ho hum...maybe best avoided!