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Scafell Pike

Address: England
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Height(m) 978
Height(ft) 3209
Our Rating Rating is 4 out of 5
Location Lake District:: S Fells
National Park Lake District
Grid Reference NY215072
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Hill Classification Trail 100, Wainwright

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Ranked 1 of 11 hills in Lake District: Southern Fells

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LFTO Review

This broken, sheer summit of England is a fitting mirror to Ben Nevis: big, complicated, unpredictable and satisfyingly unlike anything nearby, banishing any hint of the anticlimax that could potentially be attached to the country’s highest point. A complex myriad of buttresses, crevices and a plateau top, the black ramparts of Scafell Pike also tower above some of the Lake District’s most beguiling scenery – not least the arresting emerald marsh of Great Moss.  

Best route: from Wasdale Head, above Piers Gill. A diversion to the promontory peak of Pen (NY221067) is well worth it for the views over Great Moss and back to the Scafell massif



> Click here for a map-based, interactive guide to the best walks on and around Scafell Pike.

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    I have climbed this beast in snow, fog and now sun shine! Up via Esk Hause and down via Sty Head completes a perfect circuit from Seathwaite Farm. All kinds of paths are meet and even some scrabbling is needed.

    (Written by: quinncy)

    15 August 2011 13:03

  • Follow the Cairns

    Colin Egar

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    Was a good trek up from Wasdale, beautiful stream running down the side of the hill. There are a few small scrambles to be done if you can find them. Nearer to the summit it gets very rocky so be sure of your footing. Plenty of cairns along the path but if it is misty make sure you have a map and compass. Worth a visit

    (Written by: Solace)

    23 September 2009 11:32

  • Its a must


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    Its the highest mountain in England therefore worth a visit. Its not the best mountain to climb but the views from the top command respect.

    (Written by: Jordanesq)

    29 June 2009 14:48

  • Scafell Pike from Wasdale

    Simon Lowe

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    After many visits to Wasdale, I finally thought it would be worth paying a visit to Scafell Pike. I went up from the NT Campsite via Hollow Stones - very eerie with the mist and climbers calling to each other from the crags and a complete contrast to the summer's day I'd left behind in the valley. The gully below Mickledore was very loose so I improvised a short scramble which brought me out beside the stretcher box. Then a brief clamber up to the summit cairn. I came down via the Lingmell col path - now something of a motorway in places. 6 hours round trip with stops for photos.

    (Written by: simonlo)

    29 January 2008 22:20

  • Scafell Pike from Langdale


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    User's Overall Rating rating is 4.5

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    Best route for me was completed by accident. After a glorious summer morning ascending Bowfell from Great Langdale, I looked across towards the summit of Scafell Pike and thought 'oh, go on then!'. Took in Esk Pike first then the route via Esk Hause. What a day! Views were great throughout and the whole experience made better due to the fact that it was totally unplanned. Descended via Angle Tarn - whole route took approx 10 hours, but that was with a 5 year old and 8 year old in tow. In short, Scafell Pike from Langdale - unmissable!

    (Written by: james33)

    11 January 2008 10:11