Scafell Pike - The Easy Way

This is the shortest and easiest way to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Consequently it is very popular with charity events like the Three Peaks Challenge. If you are not on an event you might want to choose another route. Even small variations like going via Mickledore from Brackenclose makes quite a difference to the 'feel' of the walk.

We should perhaps make it clear that when we use the word "easy" we mean easy relative to other routes. You do need to bear in mind that this is the highest summit in England and it's a unrelenting climb to the top with little respite. The other thing to be aware of is that the crossing of Lingmell Gill is rough and you are unlikely to make it to the other side with dry feet. Additionally it can be dangerous when in spate after rain.

Scafell Pike cannot be seen from Wasdale Head village green, it is hidden behind Lingmell. Only once rounding the shoulder of Lingmell's south west ridge can it be seen at all and then only really Pikes Crag is in view.

The summit of the Pike is a giant boulder field, shattered rock of the Borrowdale Volcanics varying in size from small stones to large boulders is scattered over the top of the mountain and down around the sides. Cairns mark meandering paths searching for the easiest way through the agglomeration and go off in all directions making it a confusing place especially in poor conditions. Witness the call outs of the Wasdale MRT to those who are 'lost', and fall victim to 'navigation errors' ending up in the wrong valley. Yet towering crags create a backdrop to rough winding paths, a rugged beauty, so breathtaking in scale and grandeur. Luring walkers and climbers who seek ... well all manner of things, for numerous reasons. Or just because it's there. Why or whatever you are there for treat the mountain well, it was there long before you were, and will out last you many times over.

The walk starts from the Wasdale Head village green where there is currently free parking. This may change in 2014 as the village would like to reclaim its public green space.

Some notes for Three Peak Challenge walkers

Thank you.