Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike Guide

At 978m (3209ft), Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and many walkers heading to the Lake District understandably want to reach the summit. On a clear day the fantastic views are among the best in England and regardless of the weather, the walk to the summit is always a worthwhile experience for the chance to walk in a genuine high-mountain landscape.

As well as being the loftiest area of land in England, the Scafell range offers some of the most exhilarating mountain walking in the country, with a combination of dramatic, rugged landscape and the opportunity of seeing rare species such as the ring ouzel and mountain ringlet butterfly.

Why take a guide?

Scafell Pike is a popular mountain and possibly the most visited peak in the National Park, but you shouldn't assume that you can just follow other walkers as there are a multitude of ways of reaching the summit, often with lots of minor variations within each route. Good navigation skills, coupled with knowledge of the local terrain are essential.

As with all mountain walking, the chance of getting lost - especially in bad weather - is a genuine possibility and you should bear this in mind when planning your walk. The Scafell range's extensive area of high ground, combined with its proximity to the west coast, make it the wettest place in England with well over 4 metres of rain each year. By employing the services of an experienced guide who knows the terrain and all the route variations, combined with knowledge of the environment and landscape, you'll get much more out of your Scafell Pike experience.

The routes

The routes below are intended as an overview in order to give you an idea of the number of possibilities for walking up Scafell Pike. There are of course many more ways up the mountain, with a multitude of variations within each route. All routes can also be combined with other fells and even a night or two of wild camping for those that want an even more adventurous mountain experience.

From Borrowdale:

Probably the most popular starting point for a walk up Scafell Pike, owing to the proximity to Keswick, is from Seathwaite Farm at the head of Borrowdale. This is also one of the most satisfying routes, with a wide variety of scenery and changing panoramas. The ascent route goes via Styhead Tarn and the 'Corridor Route' - a dramatic traverse along the eastern escarpment of the Scafell range - before the final climb over rocky ground to the summit of Scafell Pike.

Another approach from Seathwaite is alongside Grains Gill and Esk Hause, taking you onto the Scafell range between Great End and Broad Crag. This is usually the descent route if the above route is used for ascent, and vice versa.

From Langdale:

Starting at the fabled 'Old Dungeon Ghyll' in Langdale, Scafell Pike can be reached via a long walk along Mickleden, past Rossett Gill, Angle Tarn and Esk Hause. The return route can also take in Esk Pike and Bow Fell and - if you're really energetic - Crinkle Crags, for a full day out in the mountains.

From Wasdale:

The shortest, most direct and therefore steepest route to the summit of Scafell Pike starts at Brackenclose in Wasdale and takes you up alongside Lingmell Gill and an area of impressive bouldery ground known as Hollow Stones before the final push to the summit from Lingmell Col.

From Wasdale Head, a longer but more easy-angled ascent to Styhead Pass is followed by the traverse of the classic 'Corridor Route' to Lingmell Col.

From Eskdale:

The river Esk has its origins in the ground immediately east of Scafell Pike and a superb longer route to the summit can be made by walking alongside the river. Routes from Eskdale offer a 'wilder' experience and give you the best chance of avoiding the potential crowds walking the more popular routes. Routes from Eskdale also give you the opportunity of visiting the lesser walked fells of Scafell and Slight Side.

Scafell Pike Guided Walking prices (prices are per guide per day, not per person)
1 - 3 adults £130.00 per day For half-day, group or multi-day bookings, please contact us for prices.
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4+ adults £170.00 per day
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