Standing at 978m tall, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, situated the stunning Lake District. Upon summiting, you’ll be rewarded with the impressive Lakeland Fells, Wastwater (the deepest lake in England) and awesome photo opportunities (pending good weather of course).

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The Best Routes up Scafell Pike

The two common routes for climbing Scafell Pike start from Wasdale Head and Seathwaite and the reason for chosing one over the other is usually as a result of where you’re based, as they’re over an hour distance apart by car. If you want to take the less travelled paths, the longer routes are often quieter and can offer more of a challenge. For longer routes, try starting in Langdale or Eskdale.

Route from Wasdale Head

The Wasdale Head Route is the shortest route to get to the summit of Scafell Pike and follows a rocky path the majority of the way. To get started, park at the local Wasdale Head car park and head towards Lingmell Gill.

Distance: 6 miles

Duration: 7 hours

Ascent: 989m

Scafell Pike From Seathwaite

Also known as the Borrowdale or ‘Corridor Route’, you’ll start off in Seathwaite Farm car park in Borrowdale. This route covers more difficult ground than the Wasdale route and offers the chance to traverse across a number of crags on the famous corridor route.

Distance: 9 miles

Duration: 6 hours

Ascent: 1190m


The route from Langdale is longer than Wasdale and Seathwaite routes and is often a quitter alternative, given a greater sense of being in the wilderness. You’ll end up passing the impressive Langdale Valley and for the super fit, you have the option to add a few more peaks to the hike to make this a challenging day out!

Distance: 11 miles

Duration: 6 – 8 hours

Ascent: 1130m

Scafell Pike Kit List

  • Suitable clothing (waterproofs, warm layers, sturdy shoes)
  • Snacks and water – bring enough to sustain you for the day
  • Camera – for your epic photo opportunities
  • Sun cream, any medication

If you don’t go with a guide, you should consider taking:

  • Navigation tools (map, GPS, compass) in case weather turns bad and visibility of the routes diminish
  • First Aid Kit
  • Group safety shelter in case you get stuck in a storm
  • Emergency blanket for warmth, whistle

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