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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.

  1. Scafell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale

    Scafell & Scafell Pike: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 12km / 7 miles
    Ascent: 1190m / 4000ft
    Duration: 7-8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

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

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  2. 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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  3. Scafell Pike

    Scafell Pike from Sea to Summit: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 26km / 16 miles
    Ascent: 1300m / 4290ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

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

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  4. 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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  5. Scafell from Bowfell

    Pen, Scafell Pike & Scafell: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 16km / 10 miles
    Ascent: 1300m / 4300ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    This walk offers a unique opportunity to summit both Scafell Pike and Scafell in a way most walkers have never considered climbing

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