Climbing Scafell Pike From Wasdale: A walk in the Scafell Massif

Climbing Scafell Pike with views down to Wast Water

A father and son climbing up the trail towards the summit of Scafell Pike with the deep blue Wast Water and Wasdale in the distance
A father and son climbing up the trail towards the summit of Scafell Pike with the deep blue Wast Water and Wasdale in the distance | Source

A walk in photos up Scafell Pike with views of some of Englands highest mountains

Welcome to the wonderful Lake District- home of England's highest Mountain. Scafell Pike, as well some dramatic views over the hills and fells of Northern England. On a clear day from the top of Scafell Pike you can see the beautiful Cumbrian coastline with views out to the Isle of Mann.

The walk starts beside the deepest Lake in England- the impressive Wast Water before ascending Scafell Pike via a challenging yet achievable scamble over Mickledore which lies between Sca Fell and Scafell Pike.

There are a number of ways this hub will help to direct you as you're Climbing Scafell Pike. Follow the photo feed with instruction for walking up Scafell Pike that you could use as a visual guide.

Alternately there is a full list of directions at the bottom of the page that you could print out and follow.

Interactive Map of Wasdale and Scafell Pike

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Scafell Pike, Lake District National Park, Seascale, Cumbria CA20, UK
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Scafell Pike- we're walking up to here. Scafell Pike is the Highest Mountain in England

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Wasdale National Trust Campsite, Lake District National Park, Seascale, Cumbria CA20, UK
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Car park and camping site where this walk up Scafell Pike begins

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Wasdale Head, Seascale, Cumbria CA20, UK
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Alternatel you can start at in Wasdale Head which has great Bed and Breakfasts and camping options for a vacation in the Lake District

Essential reading for a visit to the Lake District

The Rough Guide to the Lake District
The Rough Guide to the Lake District

The ultimate guide for a trip to the Lake District with places to visit, transport and walking info

 

The start of the walk is the Wasdale NT Car Park

This walk begins at the Wasdale Head National Trust car park beside Wasdale Head campsite (OS Grid Ref NY182074). Follow the gravel road up alongside the car park which runs with Wast Water to your right.

Alternately there are a number of free parking spaces on the main road that runs alongside Wast Water through Wasdale beside the sign for Wasdale Head Hall Farm.

The start of the walk in Wasdale

The sign for Wasdale Head Hall Farm is beside the access to the Wasdale National Trust car park
The sign for Wasdale Head Hall Farm is beside the access to the Wasdale National Trust car park | Source

Heading up the country lane from Wasdale National Trust Car Park

The view out to Kirk Fell and Great Gable from Wasdale
The view out to Kirk Fell and Great Gable from Wasdale | Source
Wast Water from Wasdale National Trust Car Park to the right as you walk up the lane
Wast Water from Wasdale National Trust Car Park to the right as you walk up the lane | Source
Cross the bridge over Lingmell Brook and head left
Cross the bridge over Lingmell Brook and head left | Source

Keep following the Scafell Massif signs

Follow the signs for the Scafell Massif from Wasdale
Follow the signs for the Scafell Massif from Wasdale | Source

Follow the path left along Lingmell Gill

The rugged footpath along Lingmell Gill is alive with the noise of rushing water coming down from the Scafell Massif
The rugged footpath along Lingmell Gill is alive with the noise of rushing water coming down from the Scafell Massif | Source
Looking left and upwards to the rugged outcrop of Pikes Crag and Pulpitt Rock on the northern edges of Scafell Pike
Looking left and upwards to the rugged outcrop of Pikes Crag and Pulpitt Rock on the northern edges of Scafell Pike | Source

Heading up alongside Lingmell Gill. (Walk instructions part 2)

About 150 m after the the climbing club hut cross the bridge over the Lingmell Gill. On the other side of the bridge join the rugged path that runs right and starts to kick up a little steeper. This path follows northern side of Lingmell Gill for around a kilometre.

Cross Lingmell Gill via a gated footbridge and turn right

Looking back at the bridge across Lingmell Gill which you should have just come across to join the main trail.
Looking back at the bridge across Lingmell Gill which you should have just come across to join the main trail. | Source

Continue along the path

Travelling up through the Brown Tongue. Looking to the left at Lingmell Scars up towards Lingmell and Goat Crag on the path towards Hollowstones
Travelling up through the Brown Tongue. Looking to the left at Lingmell Scars up towards Lingmell and Goat Crag on the path towards Hollowstones | Source
Continue to follow the rocky trail
Continue to follow the rocky trail | Source
Looking back on the deep blue colour of Wast Water
Looking back on the deep blue colour of Wast Water | Source

Heading further up the rocky trail (Scafell Pike Walk Instructions Part 3)

After a kilometre the path crosses the now much smaller Lingmell Gill where you should take care on the potentially wet stones (pictured below) before heading over Brown Tongue and into the Hollow Stones area. Glance behind you and you'll see some fantastic views back to Wast Water.

The path crossing the now much narrower Lingmell Gill and heads over Brown Tongue and into Hollow Stones

The path crossing the now much narrower Lingmell Gill and heads over Brown Tongue and into Hollow Stones
The path crossing the now much narrower Lingmell Gill and heads over Brown Tongue and into Hollow Stones | Source

The path crossing the now much narrower Lingmell Gill and heads over Brown Tongue and into Hollow Stones

Head over Brown Tongue and into Hollow Stones on your way up to Scafell Pike Summit
Head over Brown Tongue and into Hollow Stones on your way up to Scafell Pike Summit | Source

Take the right fork towards Mickledore

The path goes left, or right. Both routes lead towards Scafell Pike but the right route is a more rewarding challenging scramble to Mickledore
The path goes left, or right. Both routes lead towards Scafell Pike but the right route is a more rewarding challenging scramble to Mickledore | Source

Decisions decisions. Go left for an easier route. But we're heading right

Scafell Pike Climb Instructions Part 4

After half a kilometre the path splits- the path to the left which heads east is more prominent. However we’re heading right and south-east towards the more rugged scramble up to Mickledore

Take the right fork in the path for a scramble up to Mickledore

The path splits right towards the Mickledore Col which offers a fantastic scramble to test your legs
The path splits right towards the Mickledore Col which offers a fantastic scramble to test your legs | Source

Continuing up to the Mickledore Peak

The Path continues up the scramble to Mickledore
The Path continues up the scramble to Mickledore | Source

The scramble up the Mickledore Col

Walk Instructions Part 5

The path to Mickledore is more of a scramble with loose screes and the possibility of getting your hands dirty so put that camera away for a short while. Follow the rugged following path upwards and you’ll soon be up atop the Mickledore col between Scafell Pike and Sca fell with awesome views of the valleys and rocky crags.

The Final push towards the Mickledore Peak on the way to Scafell Pike

The final scramble up to Mickledore en route to Scafell Pike.
The final scramble up to Mickledore en route to Scafell Pike. | Source
The Mountain Rescue Post off Scafell Pike atop the Mickledore crossroads.
The Mountain Rescue Post off Scafell Pike atop the Mickledore crossroads.

Scafell Pike Walk Instructions Part 6

From the Mickledore Col head left in a north east direction ascending Scafell Pike passing You will pass a mountain rescue point (pictured above) after which the path makes its way over the rocks towards the summit of Scafell Pike where you’ll likely spot people on the top in the distance.

The Scafell Pike Summit from Mickledore

Looking out at Scafell Pike from the Mickledore Mountain Rescue Post
Looking out at Scafell Pike from the Mickledore Mountain Rescue Post | Source

The Scafell Pike Summit with walkers in the distance

Groups of walkers on the Scafell Pike peak in jubilation
Groups of walkers on the Scafell Pike peak in jubilation | Source

Breathtaking views of the Lakes and Fells atop Scafell Pike

The views from the summit of Scafell Pike are amazing. On a clear day you can look to the West with views out to sea and the Isle of Mann. Today's ascent was on a hazy day which detracted somewhat from the views- but not from the challenge of the climb.

Views from the top of Scafell Pike to Ullswater and the Lakeland Fells

The view out to Ullswater from the top of Scafell Pike
The view out to Ullswater from the top of Scafell Pike | Source

Looking North from the top of Scafell Pike

Looking down from the top of Scafell Pike on the view to the North
Looking down from the top of Scafell Pike on the view to the North | Source

The trig point atop Scafell Pike looking down on Wast Water

Looking out from the trip point at the to of Scafell Pike with a fitting Union Jack
Looking out from the trip point at the to of Scafell Pike with a fitting Union Jack | Source

Descending from the Scafell Pike Summit

Walk Instructions Part 7

Head North-west from the summit following the prominent path which continues to follow the cairns towards the Lingmell Col on the main tourist path.

Head back down following the Cairns

Heading back down following the cairns with breathtaking views of the Lakeland Fells
Heading back down following the cairns with breathtaking views of the Lakeland Fells | Source

Follow the visible path back towards Wast Water

Head down the path back towards Wast Water Follow the cairns as these denominate the main trail.
Head down the path back towards Wast Water Follow the cairns as these denominate the main trail. | Source

After the rugged rocky sections the path veers left through a more grassy valley

Walk instructions part 8

After the rugged sections on the descent the path veers off to the left in the grassy valley section. Continue to follow the cairns as the path flows downwards towards Wast Water.

Continue down for stunning views towards Sca Fell and Wast Water

You're never alone on Scafell- Plenty of walkers out on a good day. (To the left of the photo is the edge towards the Peak of Sca Fell which isn't to be confused with Scafell Pike- it's a different mountain)
You're never alone on Scafell- Plenty of walkers out on a good day. (To the left of the photo is the edge towards the Peak of Sca Fell which isn't to be confused with Scafell Pike- it's a different mountain) | Source
The path weaving its way down to Wast Water and Wasdale. Beware- there's still a fair way to go
The path weaving its way down to Wast Water and Wasdale. Beware- there's still a fair way to go | Source

Those knees are taking a pounding with all the downhill walking

The path continues to lose altitude on the way back down to Wasdale
The path continues to lose altitude on the way back down to Wasdale | Source

Make sure you follow the signs for Wasdale Head National Park Car Park

Walk Instructions 9

Two thirds of the way down the trail you’ll pass through a stile and see a small sign for Wasdale National Trust Car Park and Wasdale Head. Make sure you veer left and follow the trail back towards the National Trust Car Park and your car.

Those legs are tired but you're nearly back to the start of your walk

Head through the stile on the way back down
Head through the stile on the way back down | Source
Follow the signs for Wasdale National Trust Car Park (If that's where you parked!)
Follow the signs for Wasdale National Trust Car Park (If that's where you parked!) | Source

The end of the Scafell Pike Walk

Heading back towards the National Trust Car Park with the amazing Wast Water in view
Heading back towards the National Trust Car Park with the amazing Wast Water in view | Source
Crossing the bridge over over Lingmell
Crossing the bridge over over Lingmell | Source

The full list of instructions for climbing Scafell Pike from Wasdale

Climbing Scafell Pike from Wasdale

  1. This walk begins at the Wasdale Head National Trust car park beside Wasdale Head campsite. Follow the gravel road up alongside the car park which runs with Wast Water to your right.
  2. About 150 m after the the climbing club hut cross the bridge over the Lingmell Gill. On the other side of the bridge join the rugged path that runs right and starts to kick up a little steeper. This path follows northern side of Lingmell Gill for around a kilometre.
  3. After a kilometre the path crosses the now much smaller Lingmell Gill where you should take care on the potentially wet stones (pictured below) before heading over Brown Tongue and into the Hollow Stones area. Glance behind you and you'll see some fantastic views back to Wast Water.
  4. After half a kilometre the path splits- the path to the left which heads east is more prominent. However we’re heading right and south-east towards the more rugged scramble up to Mickledore
  5. The path to Mickledore is more of a scramble with loose screes and the possibility of getting your hands dirty so put that camera away for a short while. Follow the rugged following path upwards and you’ll soon be up atop the Mickledore col between Scafell Pike and Sca fell with awesome views of the valleys and rocky crags
  6. From the Mickledore col head left in a north east direction ascending Scafell Pike passing You will pass a mountain rescue point after which the path makes its way over the rocks towards the summit of Scafell Pike where you’ll likely spot people on the top in the distance.

Descending from Scafell Pike

  1. Head North-west from the summit following the prominent path which continues to follow the cairns towards the Lingmell Col on the main tourist path.
  2. After the rugged sections on the descent the path veers off to the left in the grassy valley section. Continue to follow the cairns as the path flows downwards towards Wast Water.
  3. Two thirds of the way down the trail you’ll pass through a stile and see a small sign for Wasdale National Trust Car Park and Wasdale Head. Make sure you veer left and follow the trail back towards the National Trust Car Park.

Looking for more Walks in the Lake District?

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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks Dan. I thought you would appreciate this. Scafell Pike and the Lake District is a 'Must Do' in the Lake District if you ever get the chance. Isn't not exactly high up to many but it's a constant climb. Hope to see you there some day.


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Outbound Dan 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

Now this looks like a fantastic hike CF. I'll have to put this on my to-do list when I visit England, which hopefully I'll do in a couple of years. Great pictures and directions.


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks Judi Bee. I loved wainwrights Walks. I particularly like Julia Bradbury who really adds enthusiasm to the program and would no doubt be a great walking companion.

You're more than welcome to link to this article of it adds to your works.

@natashalh- thanks for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Beautiful photos - I really enjoyed the Wainwright's Walks series on the BBC a year or so ago. Is it OK if I link to this hub from one of mine - it mentions Scafell Pike in passing.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

What fantastic photos! I love your complete journey up this hike. Thanks for sharing this.

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