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Scafell Pike
978m (3210ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

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 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.' and is pronounced '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. Indeed, many older texts spell it 'Skawfell Pike'.

The summit of Scafell Pike is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.

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.


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English Mountain
1st highest in England,
8th in England & Wales

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English Nuttall
1st highest in England,
8th in England & Wales

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English Marilyn
1st highest in England,
138th highest in Great Britain

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

Walk Scafell Pike walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

The view from the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: David Cochrane

You can find Scafell Pike & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL6 The English Lakes - South Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


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You can walk to the top of Scafell Pike by using any of these 13 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

The direct route up and down England's Highest

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 6.25ml (10km)
Ascent:3,187ft (971m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c172 Scafell Pike via The Corridor Route from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

England's Highest Mountain

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.5ml (12km)
Ascent:3,218ft (981m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

England's 2 highest mountains

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.5ml (12km)
Ascent:4,195ft (1,279m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c370 Scafell Pike from Seathwaite

The 'easiest' way up England's highest mountain from Seathwaite

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.5ml (13.5km)
Ascent:3,289ft (1,020m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

England's highest mountain

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9ml (14.5km)
Ascent:3,696ft (1,126m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c454 Scafell Pike via The Corridor Route from Seathwaite

England's highest mountain via the famous Corridor Route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9ml (14.5km)
Ascent:3,236ft (986m)
Time:6.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c215 Scafell Pike from Seathwaite

England's highest mountain

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.5ml (15km)
Ascent:3,477ft (1,060m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

England's highest & 2nd highest mountains

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:5,140ft (1,567m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c453 The Scafell Mountains from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Testing route up England's highest mountains

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:5,409ft (1,648m)
Time:9½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c416 Scafell Pike from The Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale

The 'easiest' way up England's highest from Great Langdale

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.25ml (18km)
Ascent:3,883ft (1,183m)
Time:8 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c194 Scafell Pike from The Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale

England's Highest Mountain

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.5ml (20km)
Ascent:4,684ft (1,428m)
Time:9.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c166 The Scafell Masiff from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

England's highest mountains

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 13.75ml (22km)
Ascent:4,982ft (1,519m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)
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Walk c110 The Eskdale Skyline from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

Stenuous high level route across England's highest mountains

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 14ml (22.5km)
Ascent:6,009ft (1,832m)
Time:9 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Scafell Pike Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Scafell Pike

John Ramsbottom walked up Scafell Pike on January 7th, 2024 [from/via/route] Started at Wasdale Head car park [with] Lola [weather] sunshine cold & frosty, nice day - No pub this time . Being good

Christine Shepherd climbed Scafell Pike on August 19th, 1997 [from/via/route] Seathwaite via Grains Gill returning via Taylor Force. [with] Peter (my husband) [weather] Very hot & sunny with a heat haze. - I would definitely recommend the descent by Taylor Force Gill. (not for the faint hearted though) Have climbed Scafell on two other occasions. Easter 2003 with my daughter & 27.6.09, when I led a group from my church in Leeds to the summit. Finally climbed this fell on my own on 3.10.15. Climbed from Wasdale Head for the first time much easier than from Seathwaite. Climbed for a fifth time on 21.10.23 with Jenny & Ian.This was their first time on this summit.Great weather & views.We climbed Lingmell first & climbed Scafell Pike from Lingmell Col.

Philip Wilde bagged Scafell Pike during 2023 [from/via/route] Seathwaite via Corridor route [with] Son, Keir

James Hughes hiked Scafell Pike on June 15th, 2023 [from/via/route] Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Great End [with] Solo [weather] Beautiful day, clear, warm. blue skies & no wind. - Pearler of a day...

Geoff Hand summited Scafell Pike on May 12th, 2023 [from/via/route] Recce of the Second half of Bob Graham Round leg 3. Set out from the NT Carpark at Wasdale Head. Went up Lingmell Beck to Sty Head then Esk Hause from there we went to 1great End, Ill Crag, Broad Crag. from there onto Scafell Pike, the down to Broad S & round to Foxes Tarn & Up Scafell. Then straight down to Wasdale Head [with] Ran Mackay, Alfi and Tess. [weather] Started cloudy & cleared into a beautiful sunny afternoon - It was the toughest day out in the fells I've had to date.

Ian Ashton conquered Scafell Pike on July 11th, 2021 [from/via/route] Corridor route Seathwaite via glaramara 29 April

Emma Simmonds scaled Scafell Pike during July, 2004 [from/via/route] From Rosthwaite [with] Kevin and Samson. [weather] Dry, low cloud at the top.

Iain Jones walked up Scafell Pike on May 2nd, 2009 [from/via/route] Corridor Route from Seathwaite [with] Nicola Robins - 16 July 2010 - walked from The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale; 11 August 2012 - walked from Wasdale Head as part of National Three Peaks Challenge; 19 May 2013 - walked from The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale on BMF Hiking Day; 30 August 2014 - walked from The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale; 26 August 2017 - The Wainwright 60 - Day 6 (Scafell); 17 September 2022 - walked via Corridor Route from Seatoller

Tim Winn climbed Scafell Pike on September 9th, 2022 [from/via/route] Seathwaite [with] Mountain Guided Walks [weather] Cloud & heavy rain.

Shirley Philips has bagged Scafell Pike [from/via/route] Great Langdale

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Scafell Pike

On a very wet Scafell Pike last summer (ha ha ha)

On a very wet Scafell Pike last summer (ha ha ha)

Photo: Mark Kelly (1)

Innominate Tarn, Hay Stacks with Great Gable,  Kirk Fell and Scafell Pike in the distance

Innominate Tarn, Hay Stacks with Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Scafell Pike in the distance

Photo: Ian Mansell (22)

Haycock, Little Scoat Fell, Red Pike (Wasdale), Pillar, Top of Stirrup Crag, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Great End, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Sca Fell, Slightside, Harter Fell (Eskdale) and Burnmoor Tarn from the summit of Yewbarrow

Haycock, Little Scoat Fell, Red Pike (Wasdale), Pillar, Top of Stirrup Crag, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Great End, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Sca Fell, Slightside, Harter Fell (Eskdale) and Burnmoor Tarn from the summit of Yewbarrow

Photo: David Hemingway (3)

Seatallan (centre left) and you can just make out Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell (centre right in the distance) from Ponsonby Fell summit

Seatallan (centre left) and you can just make out Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell (centre right in the distance) from Ponsonby Fell summit

Photo: Christine Shepherd (627)

Yewbarrow (left), Kirk Fell (partially hidden), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head (right) from across Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), Kirk Fell (partially hidden), Great Gable (centre) Lingmell, Scafell Pike (partially hidden) and Illgill Head (right) from across Wast Water

Photo: Mick Coxon (15)

Esk Pike (far left), Great End (centre) and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

Esk Pike (far left), Great End (centre) and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (20)

Illgill Head (left), Wast Water and Middle Fell (right) from Scafell Pike

Illgill Head (left), Wast Water and Middle Fell (right) from Scafell Pike

Photo: Tony Higgs (30)

Scafell Pike Summit

Scafell Pike Summit

Photo: Mick Fox (5)

Pete and Alison on the summit of Scafell Pike

Pete and Alison on the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: John Turner (5)

Scafell Pike in the snow!!

Scafell Pike in the snow!!

Photo: Graham Drew (1)

Holding on to the Trig point on Scafell Pike summit

Holding on to the Trig point on Scafell Pike summit

Photo: Craig Carter (35)

Buzz, Sharky and Yorkie on top of Lingmell before climbing Scafell Pike to round off the day

Buzz, Sharky and Yorkie on top of Lingmell before climbing Scafell Pike to round off the day

Photo: Chris Budd (3)

Scafell Pike Summit cairn

Scafell Pike Summit cairn

Photo: Craig Carter (19)

Scafell Pike from Pen (Eskdale)

Scafell Pike from Pen (Eskdale)

Photo: Mike Knipe (239)

Yewbarrow Great Gable, Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wast Water, Wasdale

Yewbarrow Great Gable, Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wast Water, Wasdale

Photo: Tony Higgs (27)

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)

*Red Pike, Illgill Head, Scafell Pike and Scafell from Haycock

*Red Pike, Illgill Head, Scafell Pike and Scafell from Haycock

Photo: Wayne Hill (7)

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (centre in cloud), Lingmell and the shoulder or Scafell Pike (right) from across Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (centre in cloud), Lingmell and the shoulder or Scafell Pike (right) from across Wast Water

Photo: Andy Malcolm (104)

Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Scafell Pike

Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Scafell Pike

Photo: David Cochrane (8)

Ice on Scafell Pike

Ice on Scafell Pike

Photo: Mick Fox (10)


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