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.


Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on 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, 8th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 1). Scafell Pike is also known as an English Nuttall (1st highest in England, 8th 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 'Skawfell Pike'. 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 Broad Crag at 935m (3069ft). Broad Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (4th highest in England, 15th highest in England & Wales) Broad Crag is also known as an English Nuttall (5th highest in England, 17th highest in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Ill Crag at 931m (3054ft). Ill Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (5th highest in England, 16th highest in England & Wales) Ill Crag is also known as an English Nuttall (6th highest in England, 18th highest in England & Wales).

Along the way you will also bag:


You can find more walks near this one 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


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 - Nick & Gerry on a windy day at Scafell Pike summit

Nick & Gerry on a windy day at Scafell Pike summit

Photo: Gerry Smith (4)

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

Lingmell Beck, Wasdale

Photo: Bob Ferguson (71)

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

Ice on Scafell Pike

Photo: Mick Fox (10)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - On summit of Scafell Pike in May 2010

On summit of Scafell Pike in May 2010

Photo: Garry Dickinson (1)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Father and Sons on top of Scafell Pike

Father and Sons on top of Scafell Pike

Photo: Chris Budd (4)

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

Scafell Pike Summit cairn

Photo: Craig Carter (19)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Looking down Greta Gill to Wasdale from Great End with Red Pike (Wasdale), Little Scoat Fell, Kirk Fell and Great Gable beyond

Looking down Greta Gill to Wasdale from Great End with Red Pike (Wasdale), Little Scoat Fell, Kirk Fell and Great Gable beyond

Photo: Andy Malcolm (230)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike (left) and Broad Crag (right) from Ill Crag

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

Photo: Christine Shepherd (351)

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

Kirk Fell from Wasdale Head

Photo: Andy Malcolm (225)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Mickledore at Sunset from Wasdale

Mickledore at Sunset from Wasdale

Photo: Craig Carter (27)

Walk c197 Lingmell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell and the shoulder of Scafell Pike from Wast Water

Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell and the shoulder of Scafell Pike from Wast Water

Photo: Alan Wainwright (74)

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

Red Pike and Wasdale Head from Lingmell

Photo: Ian Lilley (3)

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 - 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 - Yewbarrow from Wasdale Head (near the campsite)

Yewbarrow from Wasdale Head (near the campsite)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (77)

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 - 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 - 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 - Malt bread on the top of Scafell Pike summit

Malt bread on the top of Scafell Pike summit

Photo: Paul Coulter (2)

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)


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