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Scafell from Wasdale Head
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Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Southern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - John Paterson

Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km

Ascent - 3600 feet / 1091 metres

Time - 6 hours 50 minutes

Grade - hard

This is a challenging Lake District walk that takes a difficult route to the summit of Scafell from beautiful Wasdale. Ascent via Lords Rake and the West Wall Traverse with a descent via Foxes Tarn and Mickledore. Due to rockfalls the route has been subject to closure. It must be said that this route is for experienced mountain walkers only. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Scafell. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers.


 

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The Mosedale Horseshoe from Wasdale Head
Grade - hard
Length - 11.5 miles / 18.7 km
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Black Sail Pass & Beck Head from Wasdale Head
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The Scafells via Piers Gill
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Walk 2900
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Grade - mod/hard
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Walk 2718
The Scafells from Wasdale Head
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km

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Grade - very hard
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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