Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

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

England's highest & 2nd highest mountains

Walk Route Summary:

- 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.

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Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water 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 The Southern Fells,  The Lake District National Park,  Cumbria,  England

Wasdale Head at sunrise from Lingmell
Photo: Craig Carter

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Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

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.


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) and a Marilyn (1st in England, 136th in the UK).

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

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

Along the way you will also bag Ill Crag, 935m (3069ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (4th Eng, 15th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (5th Eng, 17th Eng & Wal); Broad Crag 934m (3065ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (5th Eng, 16th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (6th Eng, 18th Eng & Wal); Great End 910m (2987ft) - an English Mountain (Hewitt) (7th Eng, 22nd in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 5) and an English Nuttall (9th Eng, 25th 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); Round How (Scafell) 741m (2432ft) - an English Nuttall (90th Eng, 156th Eng & Wal); Middleboot Knotts 703m (2307ft) - an English Nuttall (130th Eng, 215th Eng & Wal) and

Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

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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


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 c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

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On a very wet Scafell Pike last summer (ha ha ha). Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

1. On a very wet Scafell Pike last summer (ha ha ha)
Photo: Mark Kelly (1)


The Wast Water Screes. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

2. The Wast Water Screes
Photo: Richard Duff (3)


Middleboot Knotts summit cairn. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

3. Middleboot Knotts summit cairn
Photo: Christine Shepherd (348)


Great Gable (back), Lingmell, the shoulder of Scafell Pike and Mickeldore from Symonds Knott. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

4. Great Gable (back), Lingmell, the shoulder of Scafell Pike and Mickeldore from Symonds Knott
Photo: Greg Campbell (12)


Tracey Parnell at the top of Scafell Pike in May 2012. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

5. Tracey Parnell at the top of Scafell Pike in May 2012
Photo: Tracey Parnell (1)


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6. *Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Lingmell from Wasdale Head, Wast Water
Photo: Wayne Hill (12)

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A moody looking Great Gable from Great End's north ridge close to Custs Gully. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

7. A moody looking Great Gable from Great End's north ridge close to Custs Gully
Photo: Andy Malcolm (226)


Pete and Andy on Scafell Pike (at 4am) during the Three Peaks Challenge. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

8. Pete and Andy on Scafell Pike (at 4am) during the Three Peaks Challenge
Photo: Andy Brown (9)


Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

9. Yewbarrow at sunrise from Wast Water
Photo: Andy Malcolm (163)


Ice on Scafell Pike. Walk route map c271 The Scafell Massif from Wasdale Head, Wast Water photo

10. Ice on Scafell Pike
Photo: Mick Fox (10)



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