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 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 Sca Fell at 964m (3163ft). Sca Fell is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd highest in England, 10th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 2). Sca Fell is also known as an 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:

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

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

The Wast Water Screes

Photo: Richard Duff (3)

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

Wasdale Head Hall Farm

Photo: Craig Carter (40)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wast Water and the Lingmell Ridge from Lingmell

Wast Water and the Lingmell Ridge from Lingmell

Photo: Craig Carter (24)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Symonds Knott from Mickledore

Symonds Knott from Mickledore

Photo: Craig Carter (29)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike in the snow!!

Scafell Pike in the snow!!

Photo: Graham Drew (1)

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

Scafell Pike Summit

Photo: Mick Fox (5)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The River Esk and Crinkle Crags from Sca Fell

The River Esk and Crinkle Crags from Sca Fell

Photo: David Hayter (379)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The shoulder of Great Gable (left) and Styhead Tarn from Lingmell

The shoulder of Great Gable (left) and Styhead Tarn from Lingmell

Photo: Craig Carter (42)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable and Lingmell (right) and Scafell Pike (far right) from Wast Water

Yewbarrow (left), Great Gable and Lingmell (right) and Scafell Pike (far right) from Wast Water

Photo: Peter Dryden (4)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Me and mate Mike on Scafell Pike

Me and mate Mike on Scafell Pike

Photo: Karen Parry (1)

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

Symonds Knott and Sca Fell from Scafell Pike

Photo: Craig Carter (20)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The Wast Water Screes below Illgill Head and Whin Rigg

The Wast Water Screes below Illgill Head and Whin Rigg

Photo: Ian Mansell (13)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - On the summit of Scafell Pike

On the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: Joanne Farman (1)

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

Wast Water from Wasdale Head

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (6)

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

Scafell Pike from Lingmell

Photo: Ian Lilley (4)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Great Gable from the Corridor Route below Scafell Pike

Great Gable from the Corridor Route below Scafell Pike

Photo: Rob Barklamb (17)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Illgill Head and the Wast Water Screes

Illgill Head and the Wast Water Screes

Photo: Alan Wainwright (75)

Walk c233 Sca Fell and Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wast Water and Wasdale Head from the lower slopes of Great Gable and Kirk Fell

Wast Water and Wasdale Head from the lower slopes of Great Gable and Kirk Fell

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (5)


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