Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

England's highest mountain


Route outline for walk c197:

Wasdale Head  -  Wast Water  -  Lingmell  -  Lingmell Col  -  Scafell Pike  -  Broad Crag  -  Ill Crag  -  Great End  -  Esk Hause  -  Sty Head  -  Lingmell Beck  -  Gable Beck Bridge  -  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.


Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
5
English
Mountains
Wainwright
3
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
5
English
Nuttalls
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 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 highest in England, 7th highest in England & Wales) and an English Marilyn (1st highest in England, 138th highest in the UK). 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 #39;Skawfell Pike#39;. '. The summit of Scafell Pike is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point. 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.

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Ill Crag at 935m (3069ft). Ill Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (4th highest in England, 15th highest in England & Wales) Ill Crag is also known as an English Nuttall (5th highest in England, 17th highest in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Broad Crag at 934m (3065ft). Broad Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (5th highest in England, 16th highest in England & Wales) Broad Crag is also known as an English Nuttall (6th highest in England, 18th highest in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag:

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 c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

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Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Crags on Lingmell just west of the summit

Crags on Lingmell just west of the summit

Photo: Christine Shepherd (27)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Eskdale from Ill Crag (Scafell Massif)

Eskdale from Ill Crag (Scafell Massif)

Photo: Stephen Dawson (7)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Kirk Fell and the shoulder of Great Gable (right) with the lower slopes of Great End (left) and Red Pike (Wasdale) in the distance from Sty Head

Kirk Fell and the shoulder of Great Gable (right) with the lower slopes of Great End (left) and Red Pike (Wasdale) in the distance from Sty Head

Photo: John Carney (1)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Black Grag (Pillar), Wind Gap, Pillar and Looking Stead (Pillar) above Mosedale from Wasdale Head

Black Grag (Pillar), Wind Gap, Pillar and Looking Stead (Pillar) above Mosedale from Wasdale Head

Photo: Andy Malcolm (245)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - 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)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Great Gable from Burnthwaite Farm, Wasdale Head

Great Gable from Burnthwaite Farm, Wasdale Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (85)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale

Photo: Craig Carter (23)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Windermere from Broad Crag

Windermere from Broad Crag

Photo: Craig Carter (44)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (in cloud centre), Lingmell (centre right) and the Wast Water screes (right) reflected in Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable (in cloud centre), Lingmell (centre right) and the Wast Water screes (right) reflected in Wast Water

Photo: Wayne Hill (29)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - A dusting of snow on the shoulder of Lingmell (left), Middle Fell (centre left in the distance) and Yewbarrow above Wasdale from Sty Head

A dusting of snow on the shoulder of Lingmell (left), Middle Fell (centre left in the distance) and Yewbarrow above Wasdale from Sty Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (79)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Wast Water

Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Wast Water

Photo: Alan Wainwright (76)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike (far left), Ill Crag and the shoulder of Great End (far right) from Esk Hause

Scafell Pike (far left), Ill Crag and the shoulder of Great End (far right) from Esk Hause

Photo: Alan Wainwright (187)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - A moody looking Great Gable from Great End's north ridge close to Custs Gully

A moody looking Great Gable from Great End's north ridge close to Custs Gully

Photo: Andy Malcolm (226)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Skiddaw and Derwent Water (in distance) with Seathwaite Fell and Sprinkling Tarn (foreground) from Great End (Scafell Massif)

Skiddaw and Derwent Water (in distance) with Seathwaite Fell and Sprinkling Tarn (foreground) from Great End (Scafell Massif)

Photo: Stephen Dawson (10)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wasdale Head with Pillar beyond from the lower slopes of Lingmell & Scafell Pike

Wasdale Head with Pillar beyond from the lower slopes of Lingmell & Scafell Pike

Photo: David Swales (17)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Scafell Pike

Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Scafell Pike

Photo: David Cochrane (8)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - John Townsend and our dog Hamish's ashes at the top of Scafell Pike

John Townsend and our dog Hamish's ashes at the top of Scafell Pike

Photo: Nancy Townsend (1)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Early morning snow on the summit of Scafell Pike

Early morning snow on the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: Chris Himsworth (1)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Me, on top of Scafell Pike at 21:55hrs on June 20th, 2012

Me, on top of Scafell Pike at 21:55hrs on June 20th, 2012

Photo: David Bald (2)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - 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)


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