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Great End

Great End



Grid Reference: NY 22670 08385
Height: 910 metres/2986 feet

"Nobody who is familiar with the topography of the Scafell area will have any doubts why Great End was so named: there could not have been a more descriptive choice for the tremendous northern buttress of the mass."
A Wainwright

The northern ridge of Scafell Pike crosses the subsidiary summits of Broad Crag and Ill Crag before coming to a tumultuous end in the huge dome of Great End. More famous for it's vast north facing crag Great End is the Mecca for winter climbing in the Lake District, in summer the gullies on this huge crag are always damp and unpleasant, but the crag is transformed in winter to an amazing array of winter climbing routes, which due to it's northerly aspect and height mean that it is often in good condition when other crags are not.

Walking routes to the summit of Great End are fewer than climbing routes, in addition to the usual route from Esk Hause a good and interesting route climbs The Band, the north western spur of the mountain, which climbs from Sty Head Pass.

  1. Mist clearing the summit of Scafell Pike with Scafell behind

    Scafell Pike from Seathwaite: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 14km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 1190m / 3900ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A long walk over rough ground but probably the best way to see the best of Scafell Pike

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  2. On the summit of Great End

    Great End from Langdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 17km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 1230m / 4000ft
    Duration: 7-8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A few steep sections but no real exposure, great views of the Scafell range, Langdale and surrounding fells

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  3. Yewbarrow from Nether Beck

    The Wasdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 2800m / 9200ft
    Duration: 14 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A very long day above the Wasdale Valley covering some of the most iconic summits in England

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  4. Crossing the boulders on Broad Crag with Scafell Pike behind

    Borrowdale 10 Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 11 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A challenging day over rough ground taking in several of the highest mountains in England

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  5. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

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  6. Descending from Scafell Pike

    24 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 50km / 32 miles
    Ascent: 4000m / 13000ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A very long walk over rough ground, a great very hard challenge event

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  7. On the summit of Great End

    10 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 27km / 17 miles
    Ascent: 2500m / 8300ft
    Duration: 14 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A long walk over rough ground crossing some of the highest peaks in England

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  8. The summit of Scafell Pike

    Scafell Pike from Langdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 18km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 1300m / 43000ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A long walk over rough ground but a more accessible start point for many people

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  9. On the summit of Great End

    Great End from Seathwaite: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 12km / 8 miles
    Ascent: 910m / 3000 ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A spectacular route climbing Great End from Borrowdale, off the beaten track

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