Scafells from Wasdale

  • Classic route up the Scafells
  • Choose one of 3 crossings between them
  • Excellent rocky scenery

The circuit of Scafell Pike and Scafell is a well deserved classic particularly if the ascent is via Lingmell and not the eroded path where the hordes completing the National 3 Peaks fight up. The highest point of England (3210′) is eventually reached but it is on the crossing to Scafell that the walk comes in to its own. The col at Mickledore is a place of legend and requires sensible decision making.

There are 3 options here – my preferred option is Lords Rake, a 200 foot drop to the north side finds an opening in to a shattered rake of loose rock which bends steeply through the Scafell rock face at a point just before the ‘unstable’ boulder (it will fall at some stage so the risk is yours!). I did Broad Stand (the direct and quickest route) when I was young but the 12 foot slab scares me a little now and I would avoid it, particularly in the wet or on a descent. The 3rd option is a 500 foot descent on the southern side of Scafell to Foxes Tarn – not particularly appealling, a bit dull but safe. However it is spectacular stuff around the Scafells and most seem to complete the crossing safely even if they do have a story to tell!

Recommend: Take the track up the shoulder of Lingmell rather than the more obvious one up the Gill

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Scafells from Wasdale map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 183075. The National Trust car park near Wasdale Head then take the path near the bridge on to the broad ridge of Lingmell
Height to Climb: 1,102 ms (3,615 feet)
Terrain: Rough and eroded.
Eating & Drinking: Wasdale Head is an iconic place to enjoy good food (restaurant or bar food) or just a cup of tea.
Similar Walks Nearby: Pillars from Wasdale Head
Scafell from the South
The Wastwater Screes
Places to Stay: Gosforth Hall Inn