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Walker on Scafell Pike

Walker on Scafell Pike


The mountains around Wasdale Head are arguably one of the finest mountain landscapes in Britain and grandest of all of these fine mountains are the twin peaks of Scafell and Scafell Pike. The most direct walk to these two mountains is straight up the moraine that extends west from Hollow Stones known as Brown Tongue. It's a bit of a slog but the ever-expanding views of Pikes Crag and Scafell Crag provide perfect motivation and deliver you to within striking distance of England's highest mountain. From Hollow Stones a rough but easy path avoids the crags and leads to Lingmell Col, which in turn gives access to the summit of Scafell Pike via the northwest ridge. The traditional link to Scafell was via Lord's Rake but recent massive rock falls have made this route very dangerous, experienced scramblers and climbers can do Broad Stand.

For walkers however the shortest route is via the Foxes Tarn path. This does involve a little bit of extra descent on the Eskdale side of Mickledore but the stunning wild scenery en-route will more than compensate. Descent from Scafell is via the Green How path down the west ridge, which is straightforward and has good views down the length of Wastwater.

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Miles: 6

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 3 out of 5
Technicality 3 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 1187
OS map OS Landranger 89 or 90, OS Explorer OL6


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Map reference: NY 180097  Lat: 54.47654 Long: -3.26618

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