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Scafell Pike Classic

L008
  • Highest point in England
  • Spectacular scenery throughout
  • 2 pretty tarns enroute to Scafell Pike

The highest point in England is Scafell Pike (3,210 feet/978 ms) which is most often reached via the Corridor Route from Styhead Tarn and Seathwaite. The usual alternative from Wasdale Head is a strenuous pull and although popular on the National 3 Peaks the fact it is done then in darkness rather sums it up.

The Corridor Route winds its way through the most rugged yet spectacular rock scenery in England and is correctly deemed a classic; the deep gash of Piers Gill and the views of rarely seen Wasdale adding to the rock panorama. The problem is that the underfoot terrain demands a lot of attention so stopping is more frequent in order to appreciate the ever changing views. The summit plateau is an uninspiring boulder field with the highest point not a good viewing spot; interest for geologists maybe (the boulders on the summit being literally blown out of the ground in a volcanic eruption) but just relief for the majority who have finally cracked it. The return via Great End and Sprinkling Tarn s initially hard work but improves as beautiful Borrowdale opens up before you.

Recommend:

Take in Lingmell, the extra footage is worth it for the wonderful views back down Borrowdale and even more so west to Wasdale and down to the sea.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 235123. The road near Seathwaite is always packed with cars parking at he side of the road. That is fine.
Height to Climb: 863ms (2,830 feet)
Terrain: Well worn paths lead to and from Safell Pike. The summit plateau is bouldery and hard on the soles!
Eating & Drinking: The Yew Tree at Seatoller and the the Langstrath Inn at Stonethwaite are fine for a refreshing drink, each still retaining some Lakeland charm
Similar Walks Nearby: Glaramara
High Stile Ridge
Great Gable via Napes Needle
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