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Scafell from the South

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  • The best ascent of Scafell
  • Rarely visited Burnmoor Tarn
  • Explore pretty Eskdale

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I was surprised to find that for every person on the top of Scafell 15 people climbed the nearby Scafell Pike. Clearly Scafell Pike is higher but the main reason is surely down to the geographic location of  Scafell. The most popular way of climbing Scafell is via Scafell Pike from Borrowdale, a long drag with Scafell merely an inconvenience; alternatively there is an unremitting slog from Wasdale Head but by far the best is the long ridge over Slight Side from Eskdale.

Eskdale is a lovely valley, almost unspoilt and including some of the finest of Lakeland scenery. Scafell is gradually exposed on the gradual ascent with the final 1/2 mile above Foxes Tarn laying bare a grand panorama of high mountains within the central core which are rarely seen from this angle. Rather than returning via the same route I visited Burnmoor Tarn for the first time and ended by passing the beautifully situated Eel Tarn. I passed nobody once I left the summit.

I have also detailed a route via the glorious Upper Esk valley and a steep and unremitting climb up to Foxes Tarn and beyond. Better to explore the Upper Esk on its own.

Recommend: This is a walk for sturdy walking boots, I ended up with wet and sore feet from my lighter weight option!

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Scafell from Eskdale map

 

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 201009. There is limited parking at the start of the climb which should be enough. Alternatively there is some parking in and around the Woolpack Inn.
Height to Climb: 848ms (2,781 feet)
Terrain: The climb is on a good but not eroded path, the descent to Burnmoor Tarn is steep bouldery whereas the path at the tarn is wet.
Eating & Drinking: The Woolpack Inn has an excellent choice of beer and a lovely beer garden but the food down the road at the Boot Inn has more variety.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Scafells from Wasdale
Craggy frolics over Eskdale
Muncaster Fell from Eskdale Green
Places to Stay: King George IV Inn, EskdaleThe Barn, Eskdale

 

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Comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    Depends how quickly you walk but 8 hours should be more than plenty. I would bet you beat this time!

  2. JoIsis says:

    Hello all.

    I am going to do this in a few weeks, just wondered how long it took you all from start to finish? Am I right in estimating 8 hours?

  3. Jonathan says:

    No problems on this route now, I still recommend my route rather than Jackies reversal but either are great. The best route up Scafell.

  4. Bob says:

    Hi
    I’m trying to find a route to Scafell and this one looks good to me, is the comment from March 4th now sorted.

  5. Jackie says:

    Took the reverse walk up from The Boot Inn, Boot to Scafell, had the mountain all to ourselves until we reached the summit. It was a slightly scrambly walk but fantastically rewarding. Would recommend this walk.

  6. Neil says:

    Looks fantastic

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