7 - 8 hours
The main ridge of the Scafell Pike massif is traversed on its northwest flank by a spectacular path known as the Corridor Route. It climbs a rough but steady route from Sty Head to Lingmell Col from where it is a simple climb up the summit screes to the top of Scafell Pike passing along the way through some of England's finest mountain scenery. Sty Head can of course be gained from Wasdale but if you reach it from Borrowdale it will allow you a return over the main ridge taking in Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End after which you can descend via Esk Hause and the dramatic course of the Grains Gill path.
1. Take the bridleway south to Stockley Bridge, cross it and climb the steep zig-zags west then head south west alongside Styhead Gill to Styhead Tarn.
2. Turn east at the stretcher box and follow the bridleway a short distance to a fork. Take the right branch and descend onto the Corridor Route which is followed as it climbs steadily south south west to Lingmell Col. Turn left and follow the rough path over scree and boulders south east to Scafell Pike.
3. From the summit of Scafell Pike head north east along the main ridge past Broad Crag and Ill Crag to the col at the head of Calf Cove.
4. To gain Great End head north east then north from the col for approximately 300m - return to the col by the same route.
5. From the col follow the path that drops down through Calf Cove and leads to Esk Hause, then turn north east to join the bridleway by the shelter. Follow it north west to the head of Grains Gill which is then descended north east then north past Stockley Bridge and to Seathwaite.
|Time/Effort:||4 out of 5|
|Navigation:||4 out of 5|
|Technicality:||4 out of 5|
|Height gain/loss (metres):||1053metres (3,455feet)|
|OS map:||OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4 & 6|
- Start point: (near Borrowdale)