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Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike



Grid Reference: NY 21548 07223
Height: 978 metres/3209 feet

"This is it: the Mecca of all weary pilgrims in Lakeland."
A Wainwright

Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England and probably the most popular mountain in the Lake District can be climbed relatively easily from any of four valleys, Langdale, Borrowdale, Wasdale and Eskdale with the ascents from Wasdale and Borrowdale being the most popular routes.

From Borrowdale a good circular route climbs from Seathwaite with a choice of paths, one climbing by Sty Head and the Corridor Route to Lingmell Col and the summit of Scafell Pike, the other climbing by the Grains Gill path to Esk Hause and following the ridge over Ill Crag and Broad Crag to the summit of Scafell Pike, these two routes make a classic circular days walking.

From Wasdale the distance is a little less, but the gradient a little steeper, and there is a wide choice of paths climbing to the summit of Scafell Pike, the most popular and most direct being the path by Brown Tongue and Lingmell Col, but several good alternatives are on offer also.

The summit of Scafell Pike offers as good a viewpoint as would be expected from the highest point in the land, a full 360° panorama of the Lake District and west across the Irish sea, on a good day the Blackpool Tower, The Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales can all be seen and on a very rare occasion Ireland can be seen beyond the Isle of Man.

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

    Scafell Pike from Seathwaite: Private Guiding

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

    Distance: 14km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 1190m / 3900ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Climbing towards Lingmell with Scafell Pike beyond

    Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head: Private Guiding

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    A steep climb to start then great walking through heathery fellside with stunning views over Wastwater throughout

    Distance: 12km / 7 miles
    Ascent: 960m / 3200ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Scafell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale

    Scafell & Scafell Pike: Private Guiding

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    Plenty of uphill and a few scrambles but a great day with dramatic scenery climbing the two highest mountains in England

    Distance: 12km / 7 miles
    Ascent: 1190m / 4000ft
    Duration: 7-8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Yewbarrow from Nether Beck

    The Wasdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

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

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 2800m / 9200ft
    Duration: 14 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. Crossing the boulders on Broad Crag with Scafell Pike behind

    Borrowdale 10 Challenge: Private Guiding

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

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 11 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  6. Climbing the tourist track towards Ben Nevis

    National 3 Peaks Challenge: Private Guiding

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    Three big climbs, all within 24 hours

    Distance: 38km / 24 miles
    Ascent: 3300m / 10000ft
    Duration: 24 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  7. On the summit of Ben Nevis

    National 3 Peaks in 3 Days: Private Guiding

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    Three big climbs, spread over 3 days of walking

    Distance: 38km / 24 miles
    Ascent: 3300m / 10000ft
    Duration: 3 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  8. Scafell Pike

    Scafell Pike from Sea to Summit: Private Guiding

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    A long day climbing Scafell Pike from Ravenglass along the Eskdale Valley

    Distance: 26km / 16 miles
    Ascent: 1300m / 4290ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  9. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge: Private Guiding

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

    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  10. Descending from Scafell Pike

    24 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

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

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