Scafell Pike circular via Mickledore

Joining two of our favourite paths this circular route passes through fantastic mountain scenery to summit Scafell Pike and shows you some outstanding long-distance views.

Starting at the National Trust car park at Wasdale, it follows and then crosses Lingmell Gill before branching off to climb through scree and a short gully to the ridge of Mickledore which is situated between the Scafell Pike and Scafell. From here you can see down to the Great Moss in Eskdale and the surrounding fells. A cairned, stony path weaves its way through boulder scree to the busy summit of Scafell Pike. Dropping down to Lingmell Col the route then branches off to follow the Corridor Route with stunning views of Great Gable and Piers Gill and take you down to Sty Head where there is a prominent Mountain Rescue stretcher box. To return to Wasdale the route descends along the side of Great Gable and eventually to the green at Wasdale Head, and a stroll back to the car park.

The summit of Scafell Pike is a giant boulder field of shattered rock of the Borrowdale Volcanics which vary in size from small stones to large boulders scattered over the top 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 particularly confusing place especially in cloud, darkness, or poor conditions. All of this regularly sees Wasdale MRT having to retrieve lost people who have come off in the wrong direction.

This area is especially popular with many thousands of visitors. So please keep to the paths, avoid the edges of stone pitching as that damages the foundations, and above all please do not shortcut zigzag paths - they are built to reduce unsightly erosion scars. Going off-path is better done elsewhere.