Walk c453 The Scafell Mountains from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Testing route up England's highest mountains


Route outline for walk c453:

Wasdale Head  -  (National Trust Campsite)  -  Wast Water  -  Lingmell  -  Corridor Route  -  Great End  -  Ill Crag  -  Broad Crag  -  Scafell Pike  -  Mickledore  -  Foxes Tarn  -  Symonds Knott  -  Sca Fell  -  Slight Side  -  Broad Tongue  -  Hardrigg 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
6
English
Mountains
Wainwright
5
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
7
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 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 a English Mountain (Hewitt) (1st highest in England, 7th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 1). Scafell Pike is also known as a English Nuttall (1st highest in England, 7th highest in England & Wales). Scafell Pike is also classified as a English Marilyn (1st highest in England, 138th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Sca Fell at 964m (3163ft). Sca Fell is classified as a English Mountain (Hewitt) (2nd highest in England, 10th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 2). Sca Fell is also known as a 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 Ill Crag at 935m (3069ft). Ill Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (4th England, 15th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (5th highest in England, 17th highest in England & Wales); Broad Crag at 934m (3065ft). Broad Crag is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (5th England, 16th Eng & Wal) and an English Nuttall (6th highest in England, 18th highest in England & Wales); Great End at 910m (2987ft). Great End is classified as a English Mountain (Hewitt) (7th highest in England, 22nd highest in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 5) and a English Nuttall (9th highest in England, 25th highest in England & Wales); Lingmell at 800m (2626ft). Lingmell is classified as a English Mountain (Hewitt) (42nd highest in England, 77th highest in England & Wales), a Wainwright (No. 35) and a English Nuttall (50th highest in England, 93rd highest in England & Wales); Slight Side at 762m (2501ft). Slight Side is classified as a Wainwright (No. 58)

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 c453 The Scafell Mountains from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

In no particular order . . .

Arten Gill Beck railway viaduct

Arten Gill Beck railway viaduct

Photo: Christine Shepherd (166)

Malt bread on the top of Scafell Pike summit

Malt bread on the top of Scafell Pike summit

Photo: Paul Coulter (2)

Eskdale from Slight Side

Eskdale from Slight Side

Photo: David Hayter (377)

The Wast Water Screes

The Wast Water Screes

Photo: Richard Duff (2)

Wasdale Head Hall Farm

Wasdale Head Hall Farm

Photo: Craig Carter (40)

The setting sun on Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

The setting sun on Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

Photo: Mick Fox (6)

Yewbarrow (centre) and Pillar (right) from Sca Fell

Yewbarrow (centre) and Pillar (right) from Sca Fell

Photo: Greg Campbell (10)

Great Gable peeping up through the clouds during a cloud inversion from Scafell Pike

Great Gable peeping up through the clouds during a cloud inversion from Scafell Pike

Photo: Christine Shepherd (352)

The summit of Great End

The summit of Great End

Photo: Christine Shepherd (529)

Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Scafell Pike

Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Scafell Pike

Photo: David Cochrane (8)


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