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Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

A walk in The Lake District National Park, Cumbria, North West England

The direct route up and down England's Highest

Walk Route Summary:
- Wasdale Head, Lingmell Gill, Brown Tongue, Hollow Stones, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Mickledore, Lingmell Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water.

Vital Statistics for this Walk

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Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water Wasdale Head, Lingmell Gill, Brown Tongue, Hollow Stones, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Mickledore, Lingmell Beck, Wasdale Head, Wast Water The Southern Fells,  The Lake District National Park,  Cumbria,  England

The Summit of Scafell Pike
Photo: David Cochrane

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Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

In good weather you can see mountains in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man from the summit of Scafell Pike so try and go in on a clear day.

At an elevation of 832m (2,731ft), Broad Crag Tarn is the highest body of standing water in England. It can be found approximately 420 m south west of the summit of Scafell Pike.

Wasdale Head is a tiny hamlet of agricultural fields and dwellings that claims to be home of the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike), the deepest lake (Wast Water), the smallest church (Church of St Olaf) and the biggest liar (Will Ritson). There is an excellent National Trust Campsite and a fine pub - the Wasdale Inn - which claims to be the birthplace of British rock climbing. There is also a large free parking area for visitors.

Though Scafell Pike is usually pronounced 'Skar Fell Pyke', the Lake District locals pronounce it 'SKOR-fall Pyke' with the emphasis on the first syllable.

Scafell Pike means the highest point of 'The Pikes of Sca Fell'. This was the collective term for all the lumps and bumps on the top of the Sca Fell Massif (namely Sca Fell Pike, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End) when it was donated to The National Trust by Lord Leconfield in 1919. Sca Fell Pike became Scafell Pike (without the space) due to an error by the Ordnance Survey and the name stuck.


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Scafell Pike at 978m (3210ft). Scafell Pike is the highest point in the county of Cumbria, the highest point in The Lake District National Park and the highest point in England. It was also the highest point in the old county of Cumberland. Scafell Pike is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (1st in England, 7th in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 1). Scafell Pike is also known as an English Nuttall (1st in England, 7th in England & Wales) and a Marilyn (1st in England, 136th in the UK).

Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

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English
Mountain
Wainwright
1
Wainwright

1
English
Nuttall
Dewey
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English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
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Wainwright
Outlying Fells
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1
Marilyn
Bridget
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Bridgets

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More Photos and Pictures from Walk c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

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Great Gable from Burnthwaite Farm, Wasdale Head. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

1. Great Gable from Burnthwaite Farm, Wasdale Head
Photo: Bob Ferguson (85)


Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale Head. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

2. Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale Head
Photo: Ian McCutcheon (14)


Nearing the top of Scafell Pike. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

3. Nearing the top of Scafell Pike
Photo: Steven Robinson (3)


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4. *Kirk Fell and Great Gable from Scafell Pike,
Photo: Wayne Hill (15)

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Yewbarrow (now conquered!) from the road to the  National Trust Camp Site at Wasdale where we were staying. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

5. Yewbarrow (now conquered!) from the road to the National Trust Camp Site at Wasdale where we were staying
Photo: Kerin Thorpe (2)


Scafell Pike Summit cairn. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

6. Scafell Pike Summit cairn
Photo: Craig Carter (19)


Nick & Gerry on a windy day at Scafell Pike summit. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

7. Nick & Gerry on a windy day at Scafell Pike summit
Photo: Gerry Smith (4)


Pete and Andy on Scafell Pike (at 4am) during the Three Peaks Challenge. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

8. Pete and Andy on Scafell Pike (at 4am) during the Three Peaks Challenge
Photo: Andy Brown (9)


Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

9. Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water
Photo: Ian Mansell (3)


Scafell Pike summit. Walk route map c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

10. Scafell Pike summit
Photo: Steven Robinson (4)



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