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.


Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on 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, 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 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:


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 c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

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Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - The West Wall Traverse

The West Wall Traverse

Photo: Christine Shepherd (834)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - My wife Pat halfway up Scafell Pike

My wife Pat halfway up Scafell Pike

Photo: Paul Weston (1)

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

Red Pike and Wasdale Head from Lingmell

Photo: Ian Lilley (3)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Great Gable from Burnthwaite, Wasdale Head

Great Gable from Burnthwaite, Wasdale Head

Photo: David Swales (13)

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

Wasdale Head Hall Farm

Photo: Craig Carter (40)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Sam at Scafell Pike summit

Sam at Scafell Pike summit

Photo: Stephen Cooper (1)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif 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 c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Scafell Pike summit from Ill Crag

Scafell Pike summit from Ill Crag

Photo: Craig Carter (36)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Morecambe Bay from the summit of Scafell Pike

Morecambe Bay from the summit of Scafell Pike

Photo: Tony Higgs (28)

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 - The tiny cairn on the summit of Slight Side

The tiny cairn on the summit of Slight Side

Photo: Christine Shepherd (837)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Lingmell Crag from Middleboot Knotts

Lingmell Crag from Middleboot Knotts

Photo: Craig Carter (26)

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 - Great Gable from Sca Fell

Great Gable from Sca Fell

Photo: Gerry Ball (56)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - Harter Fell (Eskdale) (centre left), Cam Spout Crag and Slight Side (centre right) with Eskdale below from Ill Crag summit

Harter Fell (Eskdale) (centre left), Cam Spout Crag and Slight Side (centre right) with Eskdale below from Ill Crag summit

Photo: Craig Carter (31)

Walk c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water - On the top of Scafell Pike

On the top of Scafell Pike

Photo: Graeme Stephenson (2)

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 - 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 - 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)


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