Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

England's highest & 2nd highest mountains


Route outline for walk c271:

Wasdale Head  -  (National Trust Campsite)  -  Wast Water  -  Lingmell  -  Middleboot Knotts  -  Round How (Scafell)  -  Great End  -  Ill Crag  -  Broad Crag  -  Scafell Pike  -  Mickledore  -  Foxes Tarn  -  Symonds Knott  -  Sca Fell  -  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
6
English
Mountains
Wainwright
4
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
9
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 c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

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Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - On Sca Fell summit

On Sca Fell summit

Photo: John Dyason (3)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike Summit cairn

Scafell Pike Summit cairn

Photo: Craig Carter (19)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Illgill Head and Wast Water from Lingmell

Illgill Head and Wast Water from Lingmell

Photo: Ian Lilley (2)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow from Wasdale Head (near the campsite)

Yewbarrow from Wasdale Head (near the campsite)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (77)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Buzz, Sharky and Yorkie on top of Lingmell before climbing Scafell Pike to round off the day

Buzz, Sharky and Yorkie on top of Lingmell before climbing Scafell Pike to round off the day

Photo: Chris Budd (3)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Ice on Scafell Pike

Ice on Scafell Pike

Photo: Mick Fox (10)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Seathwaite Fell from Great End (Scafell Massif)

Seathwaite Fell from Great End (Scafell Massif)

Photo: Stephen Dawson (9)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Pillar (left), Kirk Fell and Great Gable (right) from Sca Fell

Pillar (left), Kirk Fell and Great Gable (right) from Sca Fell

Photo: Greg Campbell (11)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Snow on Esk Pike (left), Bow Fell (Bowfell) and Crinkle Crags (right) from the summit of Scafell Pike

Snow on Esk Pike (left), Bow Fell (Bowfell) and Crinkle Crags (right) from the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: Tony Higgs (29)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Red Pike (Wasdale) and Little Scoat Fell (left), Mosedale, Pillar and Kirk Fell (centre) and Great Gable (right) from the summit of Scafell Pike

Red Pike (Wasdale) and Little Scoat Fell (left), Mosedale, Pillar and Kirk Fell (centre) and Great Gable (right) from the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: Richard Sale (1)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif 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 c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The path down to Foxes Tarn from Sca Fell

The path down to Foxes Tarn from Sca Fell

Photo: David Hayter (380)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Wast Water with Middle Fell & Seatallan beyond from Scafell Pike

Wast Water with Middle Fell & Seatallan beyond from Scafell Pike

Photo: Steven Robinson (2)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Burnmoor Tarn, Whin Rigg and Illgill Head from Sca Fell

Burnmoor Tarn, Whin Rigg and Illgill Head from Sca Fell

Photo: Gerry Ball (55)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif 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 c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - *Kirk Fell and Great Gable from Scafell Pike,

*Kirk Fell and Great Gable from Scafell Pike,

Photo: Wayne Hill (15)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif 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 c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The Wast Water Screes

The Wast Water Screes

Photo: Richard Duff (3)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water

Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water

Photo: Andy Malcolm (163)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Me and my walking friends from work on Scafell Pike

Me and my walking friends from work on Scafell Pike

Photo: Chris Haselden (23)


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