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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. 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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  2. Climbing the tourist track towards Ben Nevis

    National 3 Peaks Challenge: Private Guiding

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

    Three big climbs, all within 24 hours

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Scafell & Scafell Pike

    Lakeland 3000s 24 Hour Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:
    Distance: Up to 56km / 35 miles
    Ascent: 4000m / 13000ft
    Duration: 24 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    A very long challenge event crossing the four highest summits in the Lake District

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  6. 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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  7. Climbing the tourist track towards Ben Nevis

    National 3 Peaks Challenge: Guiding Only

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Three big climbs, all within 24 hours

    Distance: 38km / 24 miles
    Ascent: 3300m / 10000ft
    Duration: 24 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1 (8:1 overnight legs)
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