Scafell Pike Mountain
Scafell Pike Mountain
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  • Mamatraveller2021
    London, United Kingdom10 contributions
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    Scafell Pike with 7 and 9 year olds
    We walked up to the summit with my two children, girls aged 7 and 9. It was hard for all of us, steep incline, lots of loose rock as you approach the summit and there’s a couple of false summits so you need to have stamina and reasonable fitness. We parked at National trust Wasdale /Wasdale Head, there was lots of parking, and started from there. Warning the toilets are ‘long drop’ into a big pit and the smell is horrendous so be prepared. We had researched times and distance etc and thought it would take between 3 and 4 hours. It actually took 5 with a short stop for a picnic lunch and lots of little stops to catch our breath. The path initially follows a beck and is made up of stone steps of a sort. We had beautiful weather which was a blessing and the path was busy which made it easy to follow. You need proper walking boots and another layer for the summit as it’s a bit chilly and exposed, also you are in and out of the wind up and down. The top is very rocky and so is the 30 mins or so before you reach it, so we just took a quick few pics then started to descend quickly. It took us 2 hrs 20 to reach summit and same to descend. The descent is just as hard as the ascent in fact more so as you are descending a steep incline. There is a little beck at the bottom where we gladly dipped our hot feet - bliss. With hindsight 7 may have been ambitious but she is very hardy, however I would say 8/9 prob a better younger age to attempt it. My nine year old aced it. Hope this helps!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain11,475 contributions
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    Wonderful hike to the top of England!
    Scafell Piles Mountain is the highest one in England (not in Great Britain) and it is located in Lakes District, in the North of Manchester and Liverpool. We came here to do a hike to go up to this mountain from Seathwaite and really it was a wonderful idea! We came here at December and only snow a bit, so we could do this activity. We enjoyed a lot with views of the trekking and we tried to arrive at the top of England. At first, the colours of mountains were amazing and after the snow was fantastic!
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 31, 2023
  • jah1526
    Colchester, United Kingdom33 contributions
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    The most wow of places
    The climb is arduous and tough in places. Not for the novice or anyone physically unable. Good walking shoes and sticks needed especially for the decent trust me no flip flops. You need to get there early to beat the crowds preferably before 7 am but the views are amazing you get a 360 degree view across the lake district so worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • SallyAnn McDuff
    Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom629 contributions
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    Very steep.
    We parked near The Inn pub at Wasdale Head, and started. It’s beautiful scenery and the waterfalls you see just are an added bonus. We didn’t make it to the top. It’s a very steep path up, and coming down is always worse. You really have to watch where you put your feet. We made it about half way before we turned back. Proud of what we did and have achieved though Snowdons paths are easier than this. Don’t be fooled, be prepared.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Mobile401566
    Pinner, United Kingdom3 contributions
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    Scafell Pike - great but be careful!
    Hi all, I climbed to the summit of Scafell Pike with my family. Kids are 18 and 10. We took the route from Seathwaite. While starting the walk learnt that it is a 7 plus km climb (hence 14 km to and fro). When we reached the post code for Seathwaite starting point CA125XJ, we parked off road. End of road there is a small car park which had a 5 GBP per day charge. We went up the corridor route but probably took a slight detour (unintentionally). There is a lovely brook which runs along the starting path..its v beautiful. The day was cloudy and it did drizzle many times (which i guess is normal unless you are lucky to approach on a bright day). On the way up there are mountains like Great Gable and others which you see on your left and right. The walk is magnificent. There are couple of serene lakes on the way up. The landscape is surreal...like out of a movie or fairy tale. Further up the path became a bit tricky with areas of only large and small rocks. Negotiating these parts were further tricky due to the rains which made the rocks slippery. These are parts you need to be v careful. When you reach further up there are markers of conical stacks of stones which are greatly helpful, since the upper parts of the climb can have poor visibility due to clouds. The day we were climbing we had poor visibility due to clouds (we were walking thru clouds ), it was raining , also it was v v windy. I would advise people for whom this is the first time (as it was for us) to have v good weather proof jackets, good weather proof bags , needless to say weatherproof hiking shoes. V important have things in waterproof bags in your sacks (some of my things got wet). The path above goes up and down few times (most of the terrain is rocky). The final ascent is a bit tricky (made a bit more difficult due to rainy weather). Reaching the top needless to say was quite fulfilling. We took a wrong path while coming down but thanks to some DofE map reading skills of my elder son we found the way following the river down into Seathwaite. We took lot of pictures and few stops..for us it was a family experience..and a lifetime memorable one. All the best to all families planning this...be safe , be careful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • JennieAnneP
    Stafford, United Kingdom54 contributions
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    Not a walk in the park!!
    Warning - this is not a walk in the park! Do not underestimate this mountain, it is a very tough walk! Leaving from Wasdale, right from the start it is uphill and there are no plateaus at all on the way up so no natural breaks from the relentless climb. The first shortish section is a gritty path which is quite good on the feet compared to the rest, however, once you cross the river (you have to jump the stones or get wet feet) the path is made up of rocks and very tough on your feet. The middle section is the hardest thing I've ever done, it is like climbing a never ending staircase made up of stones so deep that at times you have to hold on to rocks either side to get up (I am short though). The final section is a combination of boulders and shale and was tricky, especially as we were in cloud so were wet and couldn't see much. Coming down is almost as hard as going up as it is really hard on the knees and ankles. People I have since spoken to tell me that it's harder than Snowdon and Ben Nevis, however, I haven't done either so can't personally comment. My watch recorded almost 28000 steps and 159 flights of stairs. My advice would be wear decent walking boots, take plenty of water, take waterproofs as the weather can change quickly and the cloud is wet plus it's very cold at the summit, and go with someone who knows how to read a map or has done it before. I did it as part of a guided fundraising group so didn't need to worry about which way to go thankfully. Today I hurt - everywhere!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 18, 2023
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Beth E
Caerphilly, UK513 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Couples
This is not be under estimated as a climb. It was tough and the inclines are unrelenting. We got to Wasdale Head car park at 7.30am and it was very quiet and cool. The first third of the climb is up large stone steps and is tiring but easier under foot. The send third introduces you to the cairns. These are pyramids of stones that will mark your way. Follow these. The final third is a relentless climb up shingle type pebbles which is hard on your feet and ankles. It is very steep and seems to go on and on! The view from the summit is totally worth it. We could see as far as the coast! We were lucky to climb on a clear dry day, and the paths were well maintained and easy to follow. Maintenance work was going on as we climbed.

Some tips:
1) bring coins for the car park. It is £7 for all day, but the machine in the car park only takes cash. You can pay contact less in the camp shop, but this was only open from 9am to 11am when we were there.
2) Wear proper footwear. We have waterproof hiking boots with ankle support. At one point you cross the stream. Don't be fooled by the description, this is a downhill fast flowing stretch of water. Waterproof boots essential. Ankle support is needed for the shingle.
3) Bring plenty of water. We passed so many people who had none.
4) Wear layers. The weather is incredibly changeable.
5) Take hiking poles. I would say these are essential. We appreciated having them when navigating the small lose stones on the way to the summit, but we were really glad to have them on the way back down.

We saw so many people going up as we were going down that were poorly equipped for the climb. Don't underestimate how tough this climb is, but if you make it to the top it's totally worth it.
Written September 16, 2020
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Snownado
Reading, UK243 contributions
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Mar 2022
We took the route described by Wainwright starting at Seathwaite which is a really beautiful route - make time to do the few hundred metres to Sprinkling Tarn on the way up as it is a magical place. Towards the last part of the ascent there are a lot of boulders (with helpful cairns to guide you on the correct path), so you will need proper footwear, do not try this in trainers, and also take water and some food (it's 10 miles with about 1000m total gain on this route). The path becomes far less obvious as you approach the top so follow the cairns and know what route you wish to take. We met someone who had ventured up without a map that we had to stop to help out - if you attempt this in cloudy conditions take a map and compass so you descend the correct route off the top. The weather was hot at the start but then fairly changeable while we climbed with clouds coming in and out. Highlights were Sprinkling Tarn and the Corridor Route - have to say that I agree with Wainwright that at the very peak 'there is no beauty to be found here'! We used the £5/day farmer's field which was fine but not sure what you'd gain over parking on the road to be honest.
Written April 3, 2022
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Honest Reviewer
Penkridge, UK133 contributions
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Jun 2021 • Couples
This walk is not for the faint hearted. We arrived at 05:30 and finished at 11:30 so this was a good 6-hour walk. However, we did stop frequently so it could be done in a shorter time. As we started our descent around 08:30 we noticed how busy the rout was getting so I’d recommend starting this hike before 07:00. It was a hard hike for us but we managed to reach the summit in the end. We found the landscape to be worth the effort.
Written July 7, 2021
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Jo P
Brough, UK435 contributions
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May 2021 • Couples
Not a walk I would choose to do again, having done Snowdon and Ben Nevis is similar weather (wet and windy) this wasn't a pleasant walk. It was stoney and hard going all the way up and slippy coming down. Also there is a river crossing I wasn't aware of, it was deeper then I thought (I had to take off boots on way up but was so wet on way back down we didn't bother). Glad we have done it but wouldn't be doing it again as there are plenty of nicer places to walk.
Wear good boots and take gloves as it was freezing wind and rain at the top.
Parking is in NT car park £7 or free for members which has a long drop toilet facilities. I recommend taking a pic of the map in the car park as there are a couple of tracks you could take by accident.
Roads to get there are pretty narrow so could be awkward on busier days.
Written May 22, 2021
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None stop to the top
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Apr 2021 • Solo
A Beautiful walk there wasn't a cloud in site and bearly any wind loved it ...quite challenging even after climbing Helvellyn the week before.
Starting the walk from wasdale head car park which was free to park .

You make your way through a very picturesque field
And across a small wooden bridge

This is were the climb starts not to steep and warms your legs up nicely for when you cross the river
And start up the steeper path

Don't forget to keep looking back as the view is amazing

You carry on up till you hit a y junction that's were you can take the easy or hard route I too the left path the easy route (not easy at all ) and followed the cairns
Through a bolder ridden landscape soon you hit a path again bending to the left away from the summit and keep climbing looking for a path to you right as go

I went to far along the path and came to a large valley
Luckily it's not far from the correct path so doubled back .

In all honesty I was hopeing this path wasn't my path
Because it was a bit schaley and steep .
Luckily your not to far of the summit now and its the last hard bit of the climb .
I never once had to scramble all the way up
And only took a few 30 second breaks on the way up
And it still took me two and half hours
I set of at 7am and was the alone most of the way
I'd brushed up on my mape reading and needed it once or twice.
Even though the conditions were excellent

When at the top you can sit out of the wind and have a brew and sandwich

Coming back down was agonizing on my knees
And slippery even though it was dry I still took a tumble
And bent one of my trekking poles and put on knee supports ..
When I finally got to bottom I was exhausted .
So went for swim in the lake a few miles down the road
Suitably refreshed I drove the 2.5 hour journey home
And loved every minute of it even the pain
Written April 23, 2021
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TheWakeyHarveys
Leeds, UK167 contributions
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Sep 2020
This review is for the Corridor Route from Seathwaite and back via Broad Craig

My wife and I climbed Scafell Pike today. We did it from Seathwaite, parked in the lay by and followed the Corridor Route to the summit. Coming back we came via Broad Craig, Great End and Sprinkling Crags back to Seathwaite. We loved this climb, it was a fantastic route but do not underestimate this route. We took it nice and steady and had stops for refreshments and lunch etc, but we left Seathwaite at 7:00am (it was so lovely and quiet then) and it took us eight hours to do 8.5 miles. You need to be fit and agile to do this route. The scenery was absolutely stunning. Some points to consider:

1) ensure your boots are waterproof as there is loads of water to cross and in places the path was a stream
2) prepare and carry the right equipment. Ensure you have the correct navigation- gps, maps and compass and know how to use them. At the summit today the cloud was in for long periods so visibility was almost no existent. The paths generally are pretty good and easy to follow ( there are quite a few helpful stone cairns showing you the way) but have a back up plan in case
3) it was very windy and cold at the summit so be prepared to add layers to keep warm
4) on the Corridor Route near Round How is a large bedrock step, perhaps fifteen to twenty feet high (it’s not sheer but it is very steep) that you have to scramble / climb down (not walk or step down) there are plenty of places to put hands and feet. If you take it steady you will be fine but it is a significant challenge particularly if wet. You cannot get around it, if you try to pass it you will put yourself in a very serious danger. It would be easier to climb then descend. If you are in doubt about this route Google it before trying
5) the summit is very stony so walking is tricky
6) leaving the summit heading for Broad Crag is a steep scramble
7) around Broad Cragg and Great End there is a significant boulder field to cross which is hard work. The boulders can be stepped across and they vary in size from small to small car size. This again is a challenge
8) on the corridor route there is a section called Piers Gill, which isn’t too far from the summit. Be careful around here as it’s an accident blackspot when descending the corridor route in bad weather. Again Google this before attempting so you are prepared

Overall a brilliant day with some world beating scenery and one that we would highly recommend with the above caveats
Written September 9, 2020
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Alex
London, UK85 contributions
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May 2021 • Family
We had a very good experience hiking via Wasdale with our 8 and 10 year old children and 11 month old dog. Total 5hrs with several stops along the way. The trail was easy to follow, steady steep climb and unfortunately cloudy/foggy most of the way, zero views from the top. Suggest to wear layers and hiking boots for all. We had a great day and would def recommend the hikes for families who have some experience walking/hiking.
Written June 3, 2021
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BOUNDBRIDGE
Washington, UK180 contributions
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Oct 2021 • Couples
Visited this little hill for a days walk and did not regret one step of it.
There’s not much to be said that hasn’t already been posted on here.
I parked at Seathwaite on the road, there is a car park at the campsite/ farm which if £5 a day a d just a muddy field, so give this a miss.
From the farm entrance the journey begins on the foothills and it becomes more challenging the further you go. When wet, the rocks on the trail become incredibly slippery, so wear proper footwear!
Take plenty of breaks, as the climb becomes steeper and more dicey for the inexperienced hiker.

The views are stunning, almost out of this world.

Be careful on the way down. This is where the most concentration is required. It’s also quite a tiring task, so take your time.
Getting to the top will be a great achievement…unfortunately my phone died just before great end, so no pics after that!
Written October 13, 2021
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chrisphilcox
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK14 contributions
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Aug 2020
A wonderful way to walk England's highest mountain. Be prepared for steep climbs and around to 6 to 7 hours including breaks top to bottom. We decided to walk from Seathwaite to enjoy the corridor. We went up one way and down another, which was definitely the right thing to do as both completely different walks. On the walk up (go straight up after crossing the little bridge) there is a beautiful lake and views and although not smooth terrain you have around an hour of relatively easy walking. You then have to accept that the last 90 minutes are quite challenging and careful footing is required as there are some points where a slip could very well be the end!! Very difficult to get lost as so many people doing the same walk and there were people of all ages and ability. The scenery of the last hour is breahtaking and keeps you going as the climb becomes quite steep. Once at the top the view is spectacular but i would definitely suggest going on a clear an dry day to one provide an easier walk but also to enjoy the views of the Lakes and a ross to the isle of man. The route back down is quite treacherous for the first hour and as you begin descent it looks like a sheer drop but with care taken it is manageable. there are some large boulders that could cause injury if not respected. However, you then get to enjoy a 2 mile walk down the mountain alongside a beautiful brook and with the car park in sight it keeps you going, although it never seems to get closer. A great sense of achievement when you have finished
Written August 28, 2020
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alantg1
Cumbria, United Kingdom12 contributions
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Nov 2019
Walking in winter needs preparation wind chill minus 13 on the top. Good clothing ,food and drink essential for older walkers, a torch was needed for the last half an hour. A great sense of achievement will attempt it again in 2023 nearly the footsteps of Jos Naylor
Written February 12, 2020
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