Best Fell Walks in the Lake District
What are the top 10 Fell Walks in the Lake District? Who knows, but here’s a selection of 10 of the best circular walks in the Lake District that we think come close! The only thing we’re certain of is that we’ll have missed out someone’s favourite walk!
Height Gained – 890 metres , Distance – 6.5 km, Time –2.5 hours – plus your choice of descent.
The ascent of Helvellyn via Striding Edge would be near the top of most people’s list of best walks in the Lake District, if not the UK. Not only is this a cracking little scramble, Helvellyn was voted Britain’s most popular walk in 2018, though they omitted to mention which walk up Helvellyn was the most popular!
Height Gained – 625 metres , Distance – 4.4 km, Time –2 hours – plus your choice of descent.
Another scramble you say? Yes say we! You can’t beat a good scramble, and Sharp Edge on Blencathra is as good as they get. We won’t even begin to muse over whether Sharp Edge or Striding Edge is the better scramble!!
Height Gained – 930 metres , Distance – 7.4 km, Time –3 hours
Of course we’ll include one of our own on here, with the Corridor Route being our suggested best route up Scafell Pike. Of course, there’s the route including Scafell, the Corridor Route from Seathwaite, Piers Gill and the approach from Langdale to consider… But if we included them, then you may as well visit our home page!
Height Gained – 1220 metres , Distance – 20 km, Time –8 hours
The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside or Rydal is one of the Lake District’s Classic circular routes. Taking in the summits of Heron Pike, Rydal Fell, Great Rigg, Fairfield (of course!), Hart Crag, Dove Crag and High Pike – this is a full day’s outing. Being reasonably central, the views are extensive – especially towards the neighbouring Helvellyn.
Height Gained – 1050 metres , Distance – 16 km, Time – 6 hours
This route up Bowfell from the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel is one of the Lake’s Classic routes. Avoiding the more popular ascent via Three Tarns, the Climber’s Traverse finds a more interesting way up along the approach taken by climbers to the Great Slab. It descends via Crinkle Crags and Cold Fell for a satisfying circular walk.
Height Gained – 960 metres , Distance – 13.2 km, Time –5 hours
Skiddaw has a reputation as a lump of a mountain with few interesting routes, but the approach from the west via Longside Edge puts paid to that view. Ascending along the ridge of Longside Edge, you get to climb one of England’s highest peaks, awesome views, an airy ridge and a hidden waterfall as well as some of the Northern Fell’s only craggy faces.
Height Gained – 730 metres , Distance – 12 km, Time –5 hours
The Langdale Pikes dominate the views from most direction in Great Langdale, despite being just over 700m in height. This route takes in Stickle Tarn before climbing up Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Thorn Crag, Loft Crag and Pike of Stickle. For an even longer day out – complete the Great Langdale Round.
Height Gained – 860 metres , Distance – 8 km, Time –3 hours plus your choice of descent
The mountain of High Street in the Far Eastern fells surely deserves a mention on the best walks – and our choice is the Kentmere Horseshoe route. The approach along the rollercoaster ridge of Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick alone makes this walk worth doing.
Height Gained – 710 metres , Distance – 10.5 km, Time – 5 hours
Great Gable is one of the Lake District’s most iconic mountains, it’s the National Park’s logo – you can hardly get more iconic than that! While it can be approached from Wasdale, the approach from Honister Pass via the Moses Trod is a classic route.
Height Gained – 1570 metres , Distance – 19 km, Time – 7-8 hours
Our final route brings us back to Wasdale Head with a classic circular walk around the Mosedale Horseshoe including the summit of Pillar. This is a challenging route, but includes a satisfying haul of summits including Yewbarow, Stirrup Crag, Red Pike, Steeple, Pillar, Looking Stead and Kirk Fell.
Have we missed any of your favourite routes out? Let us know in the comments!
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Welcome to Walk up Scafell Pike
Walk up Scafell Pike is the dedicated on-line guidebook for walking routes up Scafell Pike in the English Lake District, with free walking maps and full guides to all the routes to the summit of England’s highest mountain.
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England at 978m high and is one of the mountains climbed on the Three Peaks Challenge walk. It’s a formidable mountain that needs respect, with no such thing as an easy route up the mountain to be had. All the walks and hikes are a challenge, and well worth the effort to reach the roof of England.
The Routes to the Top of Scafell Pike page has an interactive map that shows all the walking routes to the summit of Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head, Scafell Pike from Borrowdale and Scafell Pike from Langdale as well as hotels, campsites and pubs near Scafell Pike (add your Lake District business for free), and there’s a page for each walk that shows the route, parking postcode, a downloadable file for your GPS device as well as details on the weather for the mountain.
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more Scafell Pike facts such as how long will it take to climb Scafell Pike, where can i start the walk from and other questions.
Main Walking Routes up Scafell Pike
|Route Name||Starting Point||Parking Post Code||Distance||Ascent||Walking Time|
|Scafell Pike from Wasdale or Wasdale Head||Wasdale or Wasdale Head||CA20 1EX (Wasdale Head)||4.2km*||900m*||3-4 hours**|
|Scafell Pike from Seathwaite, Borrowdale (Corridor Route)||Borrowdale||CA12 5XJ||15km (round trip)||1000m||6 hours+|
|Scafell Pike from Langdale||Langdale||LA22 9JY||9km||1130m||4 hours**|
|Scafell Pike from Hardknott (southern approach) Eskdale||Hardknott||CA19 1TG – for Boot – then continue up Hardkott Pass to GR NY211 011||17km||1000m||6 hours|
|Scafell Pike Corridor Route from Wasdale||Wasdale or Wasdale Head||CA20 1EX (Wasdale Head)||7.8km*||970m*||3-4 hours **|
*Distance/Ascent noted is for one way only.
**Time is for one way only, and variable. Very fit walkers can walk up and down in 3-4 hours(depending on the route)and will know their own timings and speed. If in doubt, assume the longest duration for your ascent and add the longest for your descent, depending on route. Add a good half hour or more for the summit stop as well.
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