Scafell

Elevation (feet): 3,162
Elevation (meters): 964
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Lake District
Latitude: 54.448385
Longitude: -3.222942
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Manchester, England
Convenient Center: Wasdale Head or Eskdale

Many people when asked the name of England's highest mountain will reply 'Scafell'. At 3162 feet, Scafell is actually England's second highest peak, that honour going to neighbouring Scafell Pike. From many angles though - notably from the top of Scafell Pike, Scafell can appear the higher summit and it certainly presents a more imposing facade with the grey rock walls of Scafell Crag and Deep Ghyll Buttress on its northern side.

The mountain is usually climbed from Wasdale or Eskdale being situated on the south western side of the Lake District and has a choice of routes to its summit. The most well known - that of Lord's Rake - has in recent years, been affected by rock fall and it would be worth checking locally as to its safety if this is your intended way. The ridge via Slight Side to the south is a fine outing with good views and the Cam Spout/Foxes Tarn route is an interesting ascent from Eskdale. This is also now the normal way from Wasdale and involves crossing Mickledore first.

A word of warning! If ascending from Wasdale or crossing Mickledore to Scafell Pike, Foxes Tarn is the walkers route. Broad Stand, though short, is a rock climb - not a walk and attempting it unroped is dangerous if you're not an experienced climber! The other routes mentioned are safe for walkers.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 30 trip reports for Scafell.

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  • Log #14043 - by Spleaner, Weaner and Claires Lover on Nov 01, 2004
    Spleener - James Biffen (17) Weaner - Jeff Pyle (16) Claires Lover - Dave Wright (16) This was part of the three peaks challenge, Ben Nevis followed by Scaffell Pike and then Snowdon, all in 24...
  • Log #14044 - by Spleaner, Weaner and Claires Lover on Nov 01, 2004
    Spleener - James Biffen (17) Weaner - Jeff Pyle (16) Claires Lover - Dave Wright (16) This was part of the three peaks challenge, Ben Nevis followed by Scaffell Pike and then Snowdon, all in 24...
  • Log #14017 - by Carol Howard on Sep 16, 2004
    Really misty, lovely streams and difficult variety of rocks to tackle. Lots of people climbing, a real sense of achievement. Could do with a pub on the way down!
  • Log #14018 - by Alan Graham on Apr 23, 2004
    Dry run for the three peaks challenge in 6 weeks time. In a group of 6 we set off for the summit in decent weather. By the time we reached the summit from Seathwaite via the corridor route the...
  • Log #14019 - by Ed Taylor on Sep 17, 2003
    Hello, this was my first time up Scafell Pike, unfortunately the cloud was at about 800ft and never lifted, but I still enjoyed the challenge of the walk. Started at Wasdale, walking up river beside...
  • Log #14020 - by Gordon L. Hewstone on Sep 16, 2003
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION Having just attempted to climb ScaFell via Lords Rake please note that this popular route from Brown Tongue and Hollow Stones up Lords Rake is now BLOCKED by a large and...
  • Log #14021 - by Sam King on July 04, 2003
    Three peaks Challenge Summer 2003
  • Log #14022 - by zoe on Jan 13, 2003
    i thaught it was great and i realy injoid the climd i recomend this climb to any one
  • Log #14023 - by paul woodcock on July 09, 2002
    hello fellow climbers/hill walkers,, ive read a few of your entries and started wondering if my little story would be of intrest to anyone, It was a cold day in October when we decided to pack our...
  • Log #14024 - by Arthur Pennus on June 10, 2002
    Just climbed Mt Teide in Spain. At 3715m it makes Scafflod Pipe seem like a walk to the bathroom.
  • Log #14025 - by Robert Gregory on June 09, 2002
    In blazing sunshine we left the farm at Seathwaite and began the final leg of the quest set by my son Tom some five years ago ....to climb the highest peaks in the UK and Ireland. Snowdon was...
  • Log #14026 - by David Hebron & Becky Heb (10) on June 08, 2002
    A 6am start saw a Sunny start in the morning, with rain and cloud at 2700ft (Magellen data) wind and rain on the summit. At 10 years old she was exceptional. Although my attempt at eating sandwiches...
  • Log #14027 - by Darren Brinkley-Smythe on Apr 24, 2002
    It were great day out. We summited top haveing been chased by goats for a half mile via the Lords Rake. On reaching the top we laid out a blanket for lunch. It was right funny as we got our lunch...
  • Log #14028 - by Andrew Small on Nov 28, 2001
    I climbed with me friends Nick And Helen. It my second summit, Snowdon being the first and Nick's first, Helen being a old hand around the world but never in the UK. We climbed from Wadale Head via...
  • Log #14029 - by Jason Mcturner on Nov 19, 2001
    When i reached the top of the mountain i was ecstatic but then suddenly i saw a goat and it chased me i ran down the mountain tripped and bunped my head.
  • Log #14030 - by David Morris on Feb 28, 2001
    I was 8 when i first went up scafell pike. WE went up from Wasdale head, up brown tongue to Lingmell col and then on to the summit. I later ascended Scafell at the age of 14. Me and my family were...
  • Log #14031 - by Ian Latimer on Dec 21, 2000
    The first trip up was to Orientate ourselves for the next trip, which was going to be in the dark as part of the Three Peaks Challenge. Great weather for first trip. Up from Wastwater via lingmell...
  • Log #14032 - by Paul Tizzard on Dec 07, 2000
    First of the three peaks .Walked up from wasdale head taking in Lingmell first then Scafell Pike itself.Fantastic weather conditions at the top with clear views everywhere.Came down via bowfell...
  • Log #14033 - by Dan Hazelton on Oct 08, 2000
    Climbed from Seathwaite, via Corridor route when I was 13, with little navigation or climbing experience. Great views from the top when cloud lifted.
  • Log #14034 - by Melanie Burd on Aug 31, 2000
    I went up in my brothers size 7 climbing boots bcos I'm not a big climber really. So I went up in 4 pairs of socks 2. Earlier in my holiday I hads climbed the White Maiden which is a smaller mountain...
  • Log #14035 - by Nick Barber on June 23, 2000
    The first part of the "easy" path was an absolute gut & knee creaser at 3am after Ben Nevis 4 hours before...!!
  • Log #14036 - by Dr.Philip Hollywood on May 25, 2000
    Walked up from Seathwaite, over the Great End massif. 75 degrees and no breeze at all. Wonderful views over the whole of Lakeland, Morecombe Bay and the Isle of Man. Heaven!
  • Log #14037 - by Dave Marsh on Apr 06, 2000
    We started the ascent and all was clear then a horrendous fog came down half way up brown tongue(1500ft) took a wrong turning and ended doing the ascent via lords rake (very tough) not for begineers
  • Log #14038 - by Gordon L. Hewstone on Apr 05, 2000
    Climbed the same week as Helvellyn & Skiddaw. Route: from Borrowdale via Taylorgill Force and the Corridor Route, returning to Sty Head and then via Sprinkling Tarn and Ruddy Gill back to start....
  • Log #14039 - by paul cantor on Sep 26, 1999
    the three wise men(or not) walked to the summit on the hottest day of the year not a wise move
  • Log #14040 - by EDDIE LORD on Sep 22, 1999
    An excellent climbing area. The Scafell Massif itself strikes me as slightly boring compared to the neighbouring Great Gable and Pillar etc. But nevertheless a mountain well worth a climb. Summited...
  • Log #14041 - by foinaven on Sep 07, 1999
    Many different and varied routes - Broad stand, Lords rake and Slingsby's Chimney amongst others. A lovely summit.
  • Log #14042 - by Thomas S. Burton on Aug 24, 1999
    Summited with Gaylynn Burton and James S. Burton via Styhead Gill. We planned to do some rock climbing on Scafell but it was too cold at the upper elevations. We ended up climbing on the Napes Crag.
  • Log #14045 - by Philip Lenaghan on Dec 01, 1998
    There was still a lot of snow around and I didn't have my ice-axe with me, and consequently slid about 200 foot down sheer ice. Luckily I only had scratches. A couple of pints later I was grand....
  • Log #14046 - by Cameron Johnston on Nov 04, 1998
    Englands highest peak is one that has a reputation for crowds. I never met a soul today and it was middle of the summer hols. The reason was heavy rain and mist. I had visited Hellvellyn and Skidaw...