There are only a couple of circular routes to climb England’s two highest peaks in one go (without backtracking), and this is the best one 🙂 The other route starts and finishes in Wasdale, but it’s shorter, the views aren’t as magnificent and it’s more crowded.
This route takes in the astonishingly beautiful Eskdale, along with Pen, a wonderful subsidiary top of Scafell Pike, and a very surprising omission from Wainwrights list of Lakeland fells!
Although the strenuosity is rated as Difficult I would say it’s bordering on Severe, so be warned; there are some steeps climbs, especially the pathless route up Pen from Great Moss.
Plenty of scrambling as well; the descent from Mickledore and the first col on Lord’s Rake being the most challenging, but nothing the average fell walker would find problematic, given decent conditions.
The rewards for all that effort are some truly stunning views across large swathes of Lakeland, the wonderful peacefulness of Eskdale, and the bragging rights of climbing England’s two highest mountains in one day!