Walking routes up Sca Fell in November

Q. Hi

My boyfriend [and I] are planning a trip the Lakes late November. We have both walked Snowdon

gw100 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) from Pen y Pass

gw105 Snowdon via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

gw107 Snowdon and Yr Aran from Rhyd Ddu

gw110 Snowdon via The Snowdon Ranger Path

gw117 Snowdon and Yr Aran via The Watkin Path from Nantgwynant

gw126 Snowdon via The Llanberis Path

gw134 Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) avoiding Crib Goch from Pen y Pass

gw136 The Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Horseshoe from Pen y Pass

gw140 Snowdon via The Rhyd Ddu Path

gw158 Snowdon, Moel Cynghorion, Foel Gron and Moel Eilio from Llanberis

gw186 Snowdon and Moel Cynghorion from Llanberis

gw198 The Welsh 3000's (Snowdon Area) from Pen y Pass

and the Nantlle Ridge

gw164 The full Nantlle Ridge and Craig Cwm Silyn from Rhyd Ddu

gw188 The first part of the Nantlle Ridge from Rhyd Ddu

gw201 The Nantlle Ridge from Rhyd Ddu

in Snowdonia and would like to tackle Scafell but whilst fit and with good stamina I am not confident at lots of scrambling.

Can you recommend a route that is quite straightforward?

Thanks for such a great site!

Ali Dyer, Bedford


A. The only route to really avoid on Sca Fell - England's 2nd highest mountain - is the Lord's Rake route from Mickledore which is steep and trecherous and not recommended under any circumstances. Furthermore, a rock fall a year or two ago has rendered the whole of Lord's Rake extremely unstable and very, very dangerous.

These routes

c109 Slight Side and Sca Fell from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

c110 The Eskdale Skyline from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

c166 The Scafell Masiff from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

c175 Slight Side and Sca Fell from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

c453 The Scafell Mountains from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

all climb Sca Fell and should present no real problem to any experienced person suitably clothed and equipped for the time of year. That said, you might prefer to choose one of the shorter walks from those shown due to the lack of daylight hours during the winter months.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)

NB If you are looking for routes up Scafell Pike - England's Highest Mountain - see Climbing Scafell Pike in November



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