Walk c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

The direct route up and down England's Highest


Route outline for walk c111:

Wasdale Head  -  Lingmell Gill  -  Brown Tongue  -  Hollow Stones  -  Mickledore  -  Scafell Pike  -  Mickledore  -  Lingmell Beck  -  Wasdale Head  -  Wast Water.



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

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.

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.

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'.

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
1
English
Mountain
Wainwright
1
Wainwright
 English Nuttall
1
English
Nuttall
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

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 a English Mountain (Hewitt) (1st highest in England, 7th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 1). Scafell Pike is also known as a English Nuttall (1st highest in England, 7th highest in England & Wales). Scafell Pike is also classified as a English Marilyn (1st highest in England, 138th highest in the UK).

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 c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

In no particular order . . .

Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmoor Fell (right) from Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmoor Fell (right) from Wast Water

Photo: Martyn Hibbert (13)

Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar

Photo: Andy Malcolm (127)

Sat up Corley Rocks near Corley Ash

Sat up Corley Rocks near Corley Ash

Photo: Angela Henstock (1)

Seven Sisters Rocks, Lord's Wood

Seven Sisters Rocks, Lord's Wood

Photo: Fiona Beck (2)

Early morning mist catches the low light on Crummock Water with the towering Grasmoor beyond

Early morning mist catches the low light on Crummock Water with the towering Grasmoor beyond

Photo: Andy Malcolm (113)

The (now suddenly full) Drainwater Ditch on Binn Moor with Shooters Nab beyond

The (now suddenly full) Drainwater Ditch on Binn Moor with Shooters Nab beyond

Photo: Gordon Leather (16)

Water hole on Wolfscote Hill

Water hole on Wolfscote Hill

Photo: Don Ritchie (27)

Knotteranum from Bowland Knotts

Knotteranum from Bowland Knotts

Photo: Robert Hall (3)

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Photo: Simon Barnett (27)

Tarnbrook Wyre near Tarnbrook

Tarnbrook Wyre near Tarnbrook

Photo: Des Ellwood (3)


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