Walk c110 The Eskdale Skyline from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

Stenuous high level route across England's highest mountains


Route outline for walk c110:

- Eskdale  -   Wha House Farm  -   Hare Crag  -   Quagrigg Moss  -   Slight Side  -   Sca Fell  -   Symonds Knott  -   Mickledore  -   Scafell Pike  -   Broad Crag  -   Ill Crag  -   Great End  -   Esk Hause  -   Esk Pike  -   Ore Gap  -   Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top)  -   Bow Fell (Bowfell)  -   Bowfell Buttress  -   Cambridge Crag  -   Flat Crag  -   Climbers' Traverse (optional)  -   Three Tarns  -   Great Moss  -   Brotherikeld  -   Eskdale.



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.

Scafell Pike

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:

hewitt
7
English
Mountains
Wainwright
6
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
9
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

Scafell Pike

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.

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 highest in England, 7th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 1). Scafell Pike is also known as an English Nuttall (1st in England, 7th in England & Wales). Scafell Pike is classified as a Marilyn (1st highest in England, 136th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Sca Fell, 964m (3163ft). Sca Fell is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd highest in England, 10th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 2). Sca Fell is also known as an English Nuttall (2nd in England, 11th in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Symonds Knott, 959m (3147ft). Symonds Knott is also known as an English Nuttall (3rd in England, 13th in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag Ill Crag, 935m (3069ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (4th Eng, 15th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (5th Eng, 17th Eng & Wal); Broad Crag 934m (3065ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (5th Eng, 16th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (6th Eng, 18th Eng & Wal); Great End 910m (2987ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (7th Eng, 22nd in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 5) and an English Nuttall (9th Eng, 25th Eng & Wal); Bow Fell (Bowfell) 902m (2960ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (8th Eng, 24th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 6) and an English Nuttall (10th Eng, 27th Eng & Wal); Esk Pike 885m (2904ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (13th Eng, 33rd in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 11) and an English Nuttall (16th Eng, 38th Eng & Wal); Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top) 866m (2841ft) - an English Nuttall (20th Eng, 45th Eng & Wal) and Slight Side 762m (2501ft) - a Wainwright (No. 58).


For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL6
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 89 or 90
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c110 The Eskdale Skyline from Wha House Farm, Eskdale

In no particular order . . .

Scafell Pike Summit

Scafell Pike Summit

Photo: Mick Fox (5)

Ill Crag (left) with Broad Crag below Scafell Pike from Great End summit

Ill Crag (left) with Broad Crag below Scafell Pike from Great End summit

Photo: Craig Carter (33)

Burnmoor Tarn from Sca Fell

Burnmoor Tarn from Sca Fell

Photo: Paul Coulter (4)

Cairn at Ore Gap

Cairn at Ore Gap

Photo: Alan Wainwright (184)

Wha House Farm and Esk Dale with Kepple Crag beyond from Hare Crag

Wha House Farm and Esk Dale with Kepple Crag beyond from Hare Crag

Photo: David Hayter (376)

Great Langdale from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Great Langdale from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Peter Swan (11)

Scafell Pike (left) and Broad Crag (right) from Ill Crag

Scafell Pike (left) and Broad Crag (right) from Ill Crag

Photo: Christine Shepherd (351)

Sca Fell (centre left), Mickledore, Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from Three Tarns

Sca Fell (centre left), Mickledore, Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from Three Tarns

Photo: Tim Hope (118)

The Summit of Scafell Pike

The Summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: David Cochrane (7)

Looking south west towards Hard Knott, Harter Fell (Eskdale),  Lingcove Bridge and Eskdale from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Looking south west towards Hard Knott, Harter Fell (Eskdale), Lingcove Bridge and Eskdale from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Graeme Hogg (2)


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