Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

England's 2 highest mountains


Route outline for walk c233:

Wasdale Head  -  (National Trust Campsite)  -  Wast Water  -  Lingmell  -  Corridor Route  -  Scafell Pike  -  Mickledore  -  Foxes Tarn  -  Symonds Knott  -  Sca Fell  -  Lingmell Gill  -  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
3
English
Mountains
Wainwright
3
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
4
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 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).

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

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

Along the way you will also bag Lingmell at 800m (2626ft). Lingmell is classified as a English Mountain (Hewitt) (42nd highest in England, 77th highest in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 35) and a English Nuttall (50th highest in England, 93rd highest in England & Wales)

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 c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

In no particular order . . .

Victory (left), Defiance and Royal Soverin (right) - the three large boulders that form The Three Ships on Birchen Edge

Victory (left), Defiance and Royal Soverin (right) - the three large boulders that form The Three Ships on Birchen Edge

Photo: Mike Walker (60)

Mam Tor summit

Mam Tor summit

Photo: Shara Higgins (1)

Great Gable (right) and The Buttermere Fells (centre) from Scafell Pike

Great Gable (right) and The Buttermere Fells (centre) from Scafell Pike

Photo: David Cochrane (9)

View from Rothbury Terraces

View from Rothbury Terraces

Photo: David Wright (85)

Loch Linnhe appearing out of the mist from the top of Ben Nevis

Loch Linnhe appearing out of the mist from the top of Ben Nevis

Photo: Chris Fairfowl (2)

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)

Arten Gill Beck railway viaduct

Arten Gill Beck railway viaduct

Photo: Christine Shepherd (166)

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)

My daughter (11) conquering Scafell Pike

My daughter (11) conquering Scafell Pike

Photo: Linda Skilbeck (1)


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