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Sca Fell
964m (3163ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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2nd highest in England,
10th in England & Wales

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2nd highest in England,
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Walk Sca Fell walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria    England

The view from the summit of Sca Fell

Photo: Sean Harrison

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89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Sca Fell Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Sca Fell

Richard Beardsley walked up on June 2nd, 2022 [from/via/route] Used route C233. [with] Myself, Paula, Andy and Dylan. [weather] Nice fine day with some cloud but not too hot. - Parked at the NT car park, (probably got one of the last spaces) & commenced hiking at 0920hrs. Followed the crowd up towards Scafell Pike but veered off left to summit Lingmell first. Rejoined main path & summited Scafell Pike. After our sandwiches it was off west, descending rocky ground, to roughly follow the suggested route. Eventually summited Sca Fell. Then it was the 5km downward slog back to the car park arriving there at 1710hrs. Total time taken - 7hrs 40mins. Shattered but thoroughly enjoyable.

Kevin Foster climbed on May 19th, 2022 [from/via/route] National Trust car park, Brackenclose, Wasdale Head. [with] By myself. [weather] Early cloud on Scafells lifting by midday then sunny. - Dropping down the screes on the Eskdale side of Mickledore I found the rocky gully leading up to Foxes Tarn. I saw a climber doing Broad Stand earlier whilst having my lunch but on close inspection I didn't fancy it so I took the Foxes Tarn route which apart from all the height I had to give up I must say I enjoyed. I didn't reach the summit until 05:30pm so I had the summit of England's second highest mountain all to myself! Scafell Pike blocks out a large portion of the view towards the north but the views south & west towards the Irish Sea were superlative.

Andrew Johnson bagged on July 1st, 2021 [from/via/route] Wasdale [weather] Fair weather

Jon Floyd hiked on September 11th, 2020 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head [with] Georgia [weather] Rain & misty at the top

Paul Ward summited on October 27th, 2019 [from/via/route] Started from NT Car Park Wasdale Head [with] Jamie

Christine Shepherd conquered on August 16th, 2005 [from/via/route] Wasdale 2005 & then from Eskdale on 10.5.09 using go4awalk walk 109. Climbed again on a wonderful day via Lord's Rake & the West Wall Traverse with Hayley Webb on 19.07.2021 This was definitely the best route up. [with] On my own both times. [weather] Humid & cloudy for my first climb & clear & sunny for my second. - On my first visit I met a chap who was very disoriented after a fall on Lord's Rake. I was able to lead him safely down to Wasdale & back to his campsite.

Clare Tait scaled on August 10th, 2021 [from/via/route] From pull in near Wha House Farm car park. Car park was full. [with] Charlie [weather] Dry & bright in the valleys; sadly cloud on the higher summits. - No. 73 Wainwright. Found this extremely hard. Took the route described as ' the easiest' through bog & over multiple streams. Slight Side had a horrible steep path of loose dirt & scree. Sca Fell itself looked huge & forbidding. More zigzag paths of scree. The top was covered in low cloud & there was no view over to Sca Fell Pike. Returned the same way although went wrong & stayed too high at the base of Slight Side. Glad it's done. Won't return.

Wayne Baxter walked up on July 14th, 2021 [from/via/route] From Wha House farm car park (opposite the farm). Walked up to cats crag onto Slight Side. Onto Long Green leading to Sca Fell. Return same route. [with] Sue [weather] Cloudy with the odd sunny spell

Jeremy Torrance climbed on October 11th, 2019 [from/via/route] Wasdale [with] Jon, Stu, Ash, Noel

Angela Haworth bagged on July 13th, 2006 [from/via/route] From Brotherkield Farm [with] companion [weather] Dry

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Sca Fell

The Scafell Massif - Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag & Great End - with Bow Fell (Bowfell) in the right foreground from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top)

The Scafell Massif - Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag & Great End - with Bow Fell (Bowfell) in the right foreground from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (182)

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell above Wasdale Head from Yewbarrow

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell above Wasdale Head from Yewbarrow

Photo: David Connolly (43)

Great End, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from near the summit of Red Pike (Buttermere)

Great End, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from near the summit of Red Pike (Buttermere)

Photo: Tony Higgs (35)

Illgill Head and Wast Water from Sca Fell

Illgill Head and Wast Water from Sca Fell

Photo: Greg Campbell (9)

Me looking up the West Wall Traverse between Sca Fell and Scafell Pike

Me looking up the West Wall Traverse between Sca Fell and Scafell Pike

Photo: Christine Shepherd (832)

Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Great End and Esk Hause from Lingcove Bridge

Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag, Great End and Esk Hause from Lingcove Bridge

Photo: Colin Jenkins (33)

Great Gable from Sca Fell

Great Gable from Sca Fell

Photo: Gerry Ball (56)

Great Sca Fell from Meal Fell

Great Sca Fell from Meal Fell

Photo: David Hayter (31)

From left to right: Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End, Esk Hause, Esk Pike, Bow Fell (Bowfell), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Cold Pike, Little Stand and finally the shoulder of Grey Friar from the summit of Hard Knott

From left to right: Slight Side and Sca Fell, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End, Esk Hause, Esk Pike, Bow Fell (Bowfell), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Cold Pike, Little Stand and finally the shoulder of Grey Friar from the summit of Hard Knott

Photo: Colin Jenkins (31)

Climbing Great Sca Fell

Climbing Great Sca Fell

Photo: Terry Howard (110)

Looking down Mosedale to Wasdale Head from Little Scoat Fell with Red Pike (Wasdale) on the right in shadow and the Scafell Massif (featuring Great End, Broad Crag, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Symonds Knott and Sca Fell) across the valley

Looking down Mosedale to Wasdale Head from Little Scoat Fell with Red Pike (Wasdale) on the right in shadow and the Scafell Massif (featuring Great End, Broad Crag, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Symonds Knott and Sca Fell) across the valley

Photo: Rob Barklamb (48)

The View from the West Wall Traverse

The View from the West Wall Traverse

Photo: Christine Shepherd (833)

Sca Fell (left) and Scafell Pike (centre) from Crinkle Crags (Long Top)

Sca Fell (left) and Scafell Pike (centre) from Crinkle Crags (Long Top)

Photo: James Brennan (7)

Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell above Wast Water from near Middle Fell (Wasdale)

Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell above Wast Water from near Middle Fell (Wasdale)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (67)

Eskdale from Birker Force (Waterfall) with Illgill Head (centre left) and Sca Fell (centre right) on the horizon

Eskdale from Birker Force (Waterfall) with Illgill Head (centre left) and Sca Fell (centre right) on the horizon

Photo: Colin Jenkins (19)

Lone fell walker on Scafell Pike with Symonds Knott and Sca Fell (left), Wast Water and Seatallen (right) beyond

Lone fell walker on Scafell Pike with Symonds Knott and Sca Fell (left), Wast Water and Seatallen (right) beyond

Photo: Craig Carter (28)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End - from the summit cairn on Crinkle Crags (South Top)

The Scafell Massif - Slight Side, Sca Fell, Symonds Knott, Mickledore, Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Great End - from the summit cairn on Crinkle Crags (South Top)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (168)

Lingmell (far right), Scafel Pike, Mickledore, Sca Fell and Illgill Head (centre right) from across Overbeck Bridge, Wast Water

Lingmell (far right), Scafel Pike, Mickledore, Sca Fell and Illgill Head (centre right) from across Overbeck Bridge, Wast Water

Photo: Alan Wainwright (78)

Eel Tarn taken en-route to Sca Fell from Eskdale

Eel Tarn taken en-route to Sca Fell from Eskdale

Photo: Andy Malcolm (92)

Pillar (left), Kirk Fell and Great Gable (right) from Sca Fell

Pillar (left), Kirk Fell and Great Gable (right) from Sca Fell

Photo: Greg Campbell (11)


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