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Sca Fell
964m (3163ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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2nd highest in England,
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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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OL6 The English Lakes - South Western area


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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 Sca Fell 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 Sca Fell 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 Sca Fell on July 1st, 2021 [from/via/route] Wasdale [weather] Fair weather

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

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

Christine Shepherd conquered Sca Fell 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 Sca Fell 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 Sca Fell 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 Sca Fell on October 11th, 2019 [from/via/route] Wasdale [with] Jon, Stu, Ash, Noel

Angela Haworth bagged Sca Fell 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

Scafell Pike (right) and Sca Fell (left) with Mickledore (centre) from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Scafell Pike (right) and Sca Fell (left) with Mickledore (centre) from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Peter Swan (10)

Great End, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Sca Fell and Slightside from the summit of Yewbarrow

Great End, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Sca Fell and Slightside from the summit of Yewbarrow

Photo: David Hemingway (7)

Great End, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Great Gable summit

Great End, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Great Gable summit

Photo: Matt Delemare (32)

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)

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)

A crowded Scafell Pike summit from the summit of Sca Fell

A crowded Scafell Pike summit from the summit of Sca Fell

Photo: Craig Carter (38)

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)

The View from the West Wall Traverse

The View from the West Wall Traverse

Photo: Christine Shepherd (833)

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Buckbarrow summit

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Buckbarrow summit

Photo: Andy Malcolm (51)

Sca Fell from Slight Side

Sca Fell from Slight Side

Photo: Greg Campbell (7)

Looking back to Great Sca Fell from the summit cairn on Longlands Fell

Looking back to Great Sca Fell from the summit cairn on Longlands Fell

Photo: Terry Howard (115)

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)

Burnmoor Tarn from Sca Fell

Burnmoor Tarn from Sca Fell

Photo: Paul Coulter (4)

The ascent up to Foxes Tarn (Sca Fell)

The ascent up to Foxes Tarn (Sca Fell)

Photo: Paul Coulter (3)

Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Crinkle Crags

Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Crinkle Crags

Photo: Peter Swan (12)

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)

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)

On Sca Fell summit

On Sca Fell summit

Photo: John Dyason (3)

Great Gable from Sca Fell

Great Gable from Sca Fell

Photo: Gerry Ball (56)

Sunset on Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale

Sunset on Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale

Photo: Mick Fox (8)


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