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Scafell Pike in the Lake District National Park is England's highest mountain at 978 metres above sea level. The 'Pike' is also the eighth highest summit in England and Wales. Adjacent to Scafell Pike is Sca Fell (964 metres) although combining the two 'Scafells' in a single route offers a challenging day in the mountains. Other summits in the range include Great End, often by-passed en-route to Scafell Pike, Esk Pike, Allan Crags and Glaramara both joined by an interesting ridge walk, plus Lingmell on the western flank of Scafell Pike.

The most popular routes of ascent to the Scafells are from Seathwaite in Borrowdale and from Wasdale Head. Other longer routes start from Eskdale and Langdale. Probably the most interesting route to Sca Fell Pike's summit is from Seathwaite and using the corridor route from Styhead descending via the direct route through Esk Hause. Esk Pike is worthy of being the main objective of a walk and is usually combined with neighbouring Bowfell.

List of walks

★ GPS file available   ☩ Route profile

2034★☩Scafell from Wasdale Headhard6.50
2046★☩Great End via the north west face from Seathwaitevery hard7.00
2800★☩The Scafells via Piers Gillmod/hard7.50
3130★☩Scafell Pike via Esk Hause from Seathwaitemod/hard8.00
3096★☩Glaramara & Allen Crags from Seathwaitemoderate8.10
2718★☩The Scafells from Wasdale Headmod/hard9.00
2361★☩Walking on Water to Scafell from Eskdalehard9.50
1114★☩Scafell Pike from Seathwaite via Corridor Routehard9.50
2362★☩Scafell Pike and Scafell from Eskdalevery hard11.00
2226★☩The Scafells from Eskdalevery hard12.00
3419★☩Scafell Pike from Brotherilkeld, an Eskdale circularvery hard12.50

Table of summits in the Scafell Group

8Scafell Pike978 / 3209Lake District
10Sca Fell964 / 3163Lake District
19Great End910 / 2986Lake District
30Esk Pike885 / 2904Lake District
64Lingmell800 / 2625Lake District
73Allen Crags785 / 2575Lake District
75Glaramara783 / 2569Lake District


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