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
Height(m) : 978
Height(ft) : 3209