Scafell Pike

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Excellent Snow and Ice climb during the winter months, and excellent views.

Elevation (feet): 3,209
Elevation (meters): 978
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Lake District
Latitude: 54.4542
Longitude: -3.21154
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: N/A
First successful climber(s): N/A
Nearest major airport: Manchester
Convenient Center: Keswick

Thanks to Jonathan Elford for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 58 trip reports for Scafell Pike.

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  • Log #22092 - by Knighty on Oct 09, 2010
    Set up base camp at Great Moss then at 13:15hrs headed for the summit. Taking a route starting at some falls (NY221060)we headed north up towards 'Rough Crag'(218069).Loose scree underfoot and the...
  • Log #22045 - by Antoni on Aug 16, 2010
    Wasdale route short but steep... only difficult for the first hour. up and down at a good pace took 2 hours 20 mins Seathwaite route longer route but much easier.up and down in six hours.
  • Log #21717 - by Max Wurr on July 13, 2009
    Ascent from Wasdale Head via Lingmell Gill and then forking left to approach the summit from the north-west. Then down to Mickledore and down into Eskdale to finish at the Woolpack Inn in Boot....
  • Log #21324 - by Andy Dincher on July 01, 2008
    The climb at the top across the boulders during driving rain is not recommended. My friend and I did it, survived, and thought much better of it afterwards.
  • Log #20938 - by Mark Wheatcroft on Aug 08, 2007
    Descent via the Lords Rake was great until they closed it. Hope it opens again soon.
  • Log #20749 - by Dan Fines on Apr 22, 2007
    A day people may remember for the MRT incident involving a family of four with 14 month old rescued from Pier's Gill, with much adverse press comment attached. I went up with my sons aged 10 & 14...
  • Log #20532 - by Brandon Coppock on Dec 10, 2006
    I thought it was very exciting to be standing on the highest mountain in england it was very exhausting
  • Log #20424 - by Brian on Oct 07, 2006
    a long hike to the summit,which is covered in boulders. No view from the top- very cold and misty
  • Log #19280 - by jane on Sep 27, 2006
    The highest peak in England and the deepest lake here. Hiked twice in space of two weeks. Basing ourselves in Wastwater YHA (v.good), right on the shores of this fascinating lake, in a brooding...
  • Log #14602 - by laura ferguson on Oct 09, 2004
    alright Ian, I'll try another two times at least then. Tried it the low-cloud-day after my 27 birthday and had I only not been so lazy on the gloriously-sunny-morning of my birthday I might have made...
  • Log #14603 - by Stephen Farley on Oct 05, 2004
    Third in a series of mountains to Everest and K2. Started from the Wast water on the west side of the mountain, following the river. Weather was terrible, and visibility was cut to a minimum about...
  • Log #14604 - by Tabitha Hancox on Sep 28, 2004
    I climbed this mountain (aged 7), with my friends Sophie (aged 6) and Sarah (aged 10) (with help from our parents)
  • Log #14605 - by nik walsh on Sep 18, 2004
    i walked up via grains gill on a monday (skived off work) reached summit at 2 ish to find nobody there,sat in the sunshine for half an hour till two lads turned up ,then walked back via corridor...
  • Log #14606 - by Fred Mead on Aug 15, 2004
    Nice walk, shame about number of people on summit. Doubt will do it again, prefer more remote, quiet summits
  • Log #14609 - by Richard Tremellen on July 17, 2004
    Went up with my twin sons, Reuben and William, who were just turned 7 and my wife Emma. Set off from Wasdale at about 9.30. Met the crowds on the way back down having gone on to Lingmell Crag and...
  • Log #14610 - by dave & caroline on June 25, 2004
    be prepared for any thing & carry warm kit
  • Log #14611 - by catherine kitchin on June 24, 2004
    Absolutely fantastic, conquered many peaks in the Lake District, but none so gob smacking as Scafell Pike..Climbed it with my family, my father wanted to take us up before he was unable to do it any...
  • Log #14612 - by catherine kitchin on June 24, 2004
    absolutely fantastic, conquered many peaks in the Lake District, but none so gob smacking as Scafell Pike..Climbed it with my family, my father wanted to take us up before he was unable to do it any...
  • Log #14613 - by craig wilson on June 24, 2004
    we started early could'nt wait yes. started off sunny looking forward to the views. started to ascent when we just hit clouds could'nt see a thing, was lucky we had gps, got to summit ok still bad...
  • Log #14614 - by craig wilson on June 24, 2004
    we started early could'nt wait yes started off sunny looking forward to the views started to ascent when we just hit clouds couldn't see a thing was lucky we had gps got to summit ok still bad...
  • Log #14615 - by Sue & Philip Powell on June 05, 2004
    Long and hard ascent from Langdale.
  • Log #14616 - by Kevin Muscat on June 02, 2004
    A beautiful climb in a beautiful area. Very much enjoyed the route from Borrowdale valley by Styhead and Sprinkling Tarns and back down using the Corridor Route. One note: be attentive once leaving...
  • Log #14617 - by Dave Clifford on May 24, 2004
    Day after my birthday, wicked, it rained all the time and couldnt see a thing but was really good fun!
  • Log #14619 - by Paul Lewin on Dec 17, 2003
    Attacked this peak from Langdale, as well as Great Gable, Ill Crag, Great End, Bow fell, Esk Pike, and Crinkle Crag! That was one long days hiking however the views this time of year are amazing. Get...
  • Log #14620 - by Ryan Taylor on Dec 14, 2003
    I was Six, we camped in Wasdale Head with my Dad, his best friend and his Son and Daughter. We went up the corridor route, it was really nice and sunny! on the summit a group of Army TA Soldiers were...
  • Log #14621 - by Andy Bannister on Dec 12, 2003
    If you can find a time when the summit isn't as crowded as Brighton beach, then this really is the grandest view in all England.
  • Log #14622 - by Dave & Pam on Dec 11, 2003
    very enjoyable scramble with fantastic scenery hard in places but well worth the effort.
  • Log #14623 - by Ambrose Bittner on Nov 12, 2003
    Approached from the north. Took a relaxing 3 hours to summit from car park. Millions of people on the trail (we got a late start, about 11:30), but few on the summit. Clouds obscured all views from...
  • Log #14624 - by richard jowsey on Nov 11, 2003
    i was 11 when i first climbed it from wasdale head up to mickledore. (the best way). done the 3 peaks (ben nevis, sca fell pike and snowdon) and i'm only 15! other good hills: blencathra, skiddaw,...
  • Log #14625 - by Ryan Jessop on Oct 03, 2003
    the river halfway up caused problems for me, then only 11yrs old. wast water looked great from the top though.
  • Log #14626 - by Peter Tibbons on Oct 01, 2003
    Had a great day in fairly dreadful weather - it meant that very few other people were up there. A fairly easy walk but enjoyable. I hope to come back to the area when there is some snow about.
  • Log #14627 - by Colin Grounds on Sep 28, 2003
    Although two regular members of team Broadway out of action (Fran and Andy). Base Camp set up at Seathwaite by the Advance Party. Assault party of Colin, Ken, Jeanette, Linda Ian and Ben set off on a...
  • Log #14630 - by Rob on Aug 10, 2003
    Walk up from Seathwaite 5hrs round trip, via grains Gill and Esk Hause this allows you to go past Allen Crags, Ill Crag and Broad Crag on route. Was very overcast and threatened to rain but held off,...
  • Log #14631 - by Neil Coates on July 12, 2003
    Started off at 7 am from Great Langdale Camp Site, via Rosset Gill. I Reached the summit at about 9.45 am, had it for myself for twenty minutes or so before descending to Langdale. The weather was...
  • Log #14632 - by Rob on June 22, 2003
    3 teams of 6 people from Warwick University have just completed the 3 Peaks Challenge and have the sore legs to prove it! We did the whole thing in 22 hours and 40 mins. My favourite out of the three...
  • Log #14633 - by Ian Whitfield on May 11, 2003
    With a planned three peaks challenge coming up on may 31st we thought we'd have a practice climb of scafell pike, this was the start of my love hate affair with this mountain. Trip one, we totally...
  • Log #14634 - by John Rogers & Lynda Kirwan on May 10, 2003
    Started off at 11am a beautiful spring day, enjoyed a much deserved pint of real ale in the Wasdale Head Hotel at 5pm. Would recommend the Lords Rake after we had completed it,(but not when we were...
  • Log #14635 - by peter murray on Oct 10, 2002
    just an amazing days walking enjoying my own company.
  • Log #14636 - by Paul Smith on Aug 13, 2002
    climbed with Badger Worsefold from second south Leeds scout troop. The weather was glorious
  • Log #14637 - by Michael Brignull on June 13, 2002
    'Summited via Wast Water footpath. A hard slog at times but worth the effort for the views. A day to remember for Enda (my twelve year old). Can recommend the excellent Fisherground camp site at...
  • Log #14638 - by S, MULLINS on June 10, 2002
    Having started to climb @ around 5.00pm (not A Good Ideal for one so Unfit ) 5 of us set out eagerly to conquer this mount, two about turned half way, i moaned all the way ( according to the missus)...
  • Log #14639 - by Steve Brown on June 05, 2002
    in 1999 we did a marathon hike taking in 17 peaks in the lake district in 5 days!!
  • Log #14640 - by Francis Laleman on May 03, 2002
    I particularly like the ascent from Wastwater - which in itself is one of the remotest places in Lakeland. Lovely campsite, to be sure ! From there, the most enthralling thing to do is to go up via...
  • Log #14641 - by Mike Roughley on Mar 11, 2002
    Started off with a nice Drive over wrynose pass and hardknott pass. Got to Wasdale head and put on the waterproofs. It was a cold day, raining heavily and a very low cloud base. Began to climb with...
  • Log #14642 - by Neill Cooper on Mar 05, 2002
    Our family (myself, Celia, Joshua (8) and Ruth (6))set off at 10am from Wasdale head hoping to go up Great End. The weather was by no means perfect, with an overcast sky, and the tops in cloud. But...
  • Log #14643 - by Phil Hollywood on Nov 08, 2001
    Long slog up, from Grains Ghyll, high wind and driving, cold, mist. Poor visibility, thank God for the little cairns, across the Great End massif. Mate Eric and I glad to get back to Buttermere,...
  • Log #14644 - by Maria Jayes on Aug 20, 2001
    After much talking and no action we finally arranged accommodation in the Lake District to complete our objective of climbing Scafell Pike. Myself, Rebecca Griffin, Vicky Thornton, Rebecca's daughter...
  • Log #14645 - by Maria Aubin on Aug 11, 2001
    A team of 15, not so fit or experienced, made it to the top and flew our company flag. What an experience!!!
  • Log #14646 - by Melvyn Higson on July 23, 2001
    Not a very pleasant climb but to complete my conquest it had to be done. I picked the worst weather at the wrong time of the year but nevertheless Scafell Pike was conquered. For my full account try...
  • Log #14647 - by Richard Reardon on July 01, 2001
    2nd leg of the Three Peaks. It was tricky finding our way down in the pitch dark (11:30pm-ish). Got down in the end to some well earned cans of Stella.
  • Log #14649 - by Henry Dean on Mar 27, 2001
    a nice hill, but gets very crowded on the top outside of the months indicated.
  • Log #14650 - by Simon Marshall + Michael Howard on Feb 03, 2001
    10 Metres visibilty, took all the fun out of reaching the top.
  • Log #14651 - by John Evans on Dec 14, 2000
    Brown Tongue - aaagh!! But great views to Wastwater
  • Log #14652 - by Paul Tizzard on Oct 25, 2000
    we walked via the stepping stone of lingmell first and descended via rossett ghyll into great langdale and enjoyed a fantastic pint in the old dungeon ghyll pub (well earned)
  • Log #14653 - by Chris Bede on Sep 17, 2000
    A long, hard slog up Grains Gill. Well worth it. Be careful of the descent before the summit - it's soul destroying. Descend via the Corridor Route and enjoy fabulous views of Great Gable.
  • Log #14654 - by cliff williams on Sep 02, 2000
  • Log #14655 - by James on July 09, 2000
    Great walk, any time of year, any type of conditions.
  • Log #14656 - by IAN HABGOOD on July 04, 2000