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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. 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 Ben Nevis

    National 3 Peaks in 3 Days: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: 38km / 24 miles
    Ascent: 3300m / 10000ft
    Duration: 3 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    Three big climbs, spread over 3 days of walking

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