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

A walk in The Lake District National Park, Cumbria, North West England

England's 2 highest mountains

Walk Route Summary:
- 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.

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Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water 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 The Southern Fells,  The Lake District National Park,  Cumbria,  England

Me and my wife Sue at the summit of Scafell Pike
Photo: Billy Wright

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Scafell Pike, 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 in England, 7th in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 1). Scafell Pike is also known as an English Nuttall (1st in England, 7th in England & Wales)

You will also reach the summit of Scafell Pike, 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 in England, 7th in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 1). Scafell Pike is also known as an English Nuttall (1st in England, 7th in England & Wales)

Along the way you will also bag Scafell Pike, 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. - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (1st Eng, 7th in Eng & Wal), a Wainwright (No. 1), an English Nuttall (1st Eng, 7th in England & Wales); Scafell Pike 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. - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (1st Eng, 7th in Eng & Wal), a Wainwright (No. 1), an English Nuttall (1st Eng, 7th in England & Wales); Sca Fell 964m (3163ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd Eng, 10th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 2) and an English Nuttall (2nd Eng, 11th Eng & Wal); Sca Fell 964m (3163ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd Eng, 10th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 2) and an English Nuttall (2nd Eng, 11th Eng & Wal); Sca Fell 964m (3163ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd Eng, 10th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 2) and an English Nuttall (2nd Eng, 11th Eng & Wal); Sca Fell 964m (3163ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd Eng, 10th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 2) and an English Nuttall (2nd Eng, 11th Eng & Wal); Sca Fell 964m (3163ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd Eng, 10th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 2) and an English Nuttall (2nd Eng, 11th Eng & Wal); Symonds Knott 959m (3147ft) - an English Nuttall (3rd Eng, 13th Eng & Wal); Symonds Knott 959m (3147ft) - an English Nuttall (3rd Eng, 13th Eng & Wal); Lingmell 800m (2626ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (42nd Eng, 77th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 35) and an English Nuttall (50th Eng, 93rd Eng & Wal) and Lingmell 800m (2626ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (42nd Eng, 77th in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 35) and an English Nuttall (50th Eng, 93rd Eng & Wal).

Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on 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
0
Marilyns
Bridget
0
Bridgets

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.


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

In no particular order . . .

The Mosedale Horseshoe - Yewbarrow (mid-distance left), Red Pike (Wasdale) and Little Scoat Fell beyond, Pillar (right of centre) and the shoulder of Kirk Fell (mid-distance right) from Scafell Pike. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

1. The Mosedale Horseshoe - Yewbarrow (mid-distance left), Red Pike (Wasdale) and Little Scoat Fell beyond, Pillar (right of centre) and the shoulder of Kirk Fell (mid-distance right) from Scafell Pike
Photo: Rob Barklamb (15)


Great Gable from Wasdale Head. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

2. Great Gable from Wasdale Head
Photo: Martyn Hibbert (1)


Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

3. Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell at sunset from Wasdale
Photo: Craig Carter (23)


Illgill Head and the Wast Water Screes. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

4. Illgill Head and the Wast Water Screes
Photo: Alan Wainwright (75)


Crags on Lingmell just west of the summit. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

5. Crags on Lingmell just west of the summit
Photo: Christine Shepherd (27)


Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale Head. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

6. Scafell Pike, Mickledore and Sca Fell from Wasdale Head
Photo: Ian McCutcheon (14)


The summit of Scafell Pike. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

7. The summit of Scafell Pike
Photo: Vic Lewis (1)


Scafell Pike (left) and Sca Fell (right) from Wasdale. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

8. Scafell Pike (left) and Sca Fell (right) from Wasdale
Photo: David Togstead (1)


Me and mate Mike on Scafell Pike. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

9. Me and mate Mike on Scafell Pike
Photo: Karen Parry (1)


Wast Water from Lingmell Gill on the way up Scafell Pike. The fell to the right is Middle Fell. Walk route map c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

10. Wast Water from Lingmell Gill on the way up Scafell Pike. The fell to the right is Middle Fell
Photo: Alan Reed (1)



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