Broad Crag / Ill Crag / Great End / Seathwaite Fell / Seathwaite Fell (Wainwright Summit)

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
9.13 942 7
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Difficult 7 6


This is a great walk along the classic route from Seathwaite. The walk is fairly easy throughout with the exception of the climb from the end of the Corridor Route up to the col between Scafell Pike and Broad Crag; this is a slog on not very nice scree and it’s pretty steep. The corridor route has a bit of a reputation, but I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about! There are a couple of scrambley bits, but nothing exposed or difficult.

Not many people take the Seathwaite Fell route back, most going back the way they came or down Ruddy Gill. Descending via Aaron Crags does have some dangers, and you need to know where at least one of the two rakes are so you don’t get stuck on the crags themselves. If you are sure you can find the way down (I’d already climbed one of the rakes on a previous walk) then this way is far more interesting than any other. You get to see Sprinkling Tarn, the wettest place in England, and visit the two summits of Seathwaite Fell 🙂

A great and not too strenuous walk that I really enjoyed. The rain held off for the most part and the cloud stayed at around 750 metres, so there were at least some views! This would also be an excellent route for climbing Scafell Pike, with the added advantage of avoiding the usual crowds from Wasdale Head. Had the weather been better then this would have been an easy seven!

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