A complete Guide to Scafell Pike

At 978m or 3,209ft Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain, because of this, thousands of people visit the area each year in order to make an ascent of Scafell Pike. If you are looking to walk up to the summit of Scafell Pike then this Guide will give you some valuable information to allow you to make the most of your day.


This site will guide you through the best routes in order to make your ascent, along with what essential equipment you will need, the best places to stay on your visit and how to stay safe while on the mountain.

The summit of Scafell Pike was donated to theĀ  National Trust in 1919 by Lord Leconfield in honour and gratitude of the men from the local area for their service in the Great War. The view from the summit is absolutely breathtaking from here you will have unobstructed views of Helvellyn, Crinkle Crags, the Old Man of Coniston, the Howgill Fells. On a clear day you can see as far as the Mountains and hills of both Scotland and Wales, as well as Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.

If you only climb one mountain in your lifetime then Scafell Pike should be the one you choose. Alfred Wainwright described it as being, “every inch a mountain”, and said that it had the greatest amount of both ruggedness and roughness of any other ground in the country.


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Try not to underestimate the ascent, as all routes including the most direct route starting from Wasdale Head will require quite a lot of effort on behalf of the walker. This is due in essence to the distance you have to walk in order to make the ascent and the steepness of the actual ascent. Scafell Pike is only one of a series of fells so be prepared to make this a full day on the fell, especially if this is your first attempt or you have little experience of hiking. Another point to note is that it may surprise you to see that both the summit and pathways leading to the summit is strewn with boulders, so be prepared for a lot of uneven ground while walking and even some clambering over a few rocks when needed. This is also the reason you will need to have the correct footwear while out and about.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue have useful information available for any walker on ScafellĀ  including what to do in an emergency. A quick look at their website will give you an idea of what type of difficulties people experience while walking and climbing on the fells.