Scafell Pike

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
6.27 978 6
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Difficult 7 7


This is the big one as far as English mountains go! I went from Wasdale as I was staying at the Wasdale Head Inn. This is the most boring and the busiest (because of the three peakers) route up the Pike. I would certainly recommend you do the climb from another starting point, such as Seathwaite.

However, there is one advantage in starting from Wasdale; you get to see the spectacular views as you scramble over the top of Mickledore. These really are breathtaking, made all the more so by their suddenness. Don’t worry about the scramble as it is pretty easy with no exposure. Definitely one to do on a clear day!

A quick note about the Wasdale Head Inn: It’s simply perfect if you’re a walker or just want to get away from it all. I consider Wasdale to be the most beautiful place in England and I’m a Yorkshireman, so that takes some admitting! The welcome, rooms, food and bar are all great, so if you get the chance, give it a try; I’m sure you’ll love it like I do 🙂

Overall this is a good walk if you have the weather on your side, and it’s surprisingly easy (probably because the paths are so good) given that it is the highest peak in England.

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