Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on August 16, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to Walk up Scafell Pike? 

How long is a piece of string?! Allow 4 hours if in any doubt, and that’s just for the ascent. If you’re fitter, then you should be able to make it up and down in about 5 hours.

How High is Scafell Pike?

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, and stands at an elevation of 978 meters.

Which is the easiest walk up Scafell Pike?


Which walk up Scafell Pike is the best for the National Three Peaks Challenge?

Usually Three Peakers ascend the Wasdale route. If you’re planning on taking on the National Three Peaks Challenge then why not visit our sister site Walk up the Three Peaks, for their rundown of the National Three Peaks Challenge Scafell Pike Options and their merits.

What mountain range is Scafell Pike in?


What county is Scafell Pike in?

Scafell Pike is found in the Lake District National Park in England, UK.

Is Scafell Pike part of the Wainrights?

Yes, Scafell Pike is part of Wainrights and is located within Southern Fells area.

What are the Wainrights?

The Wainwrights are the 214 hills described by Alfred Wainwright in his 7 volume Pictoral Guide to the Lake District fells, click here for the full list of Wainright.

How to get to Scafell Pike?


Will the cafe be open?

Wrong mountain!

Can I walk all the way to the top?

Yep – just avoid Broad Stand on Scafell.

How Fit should I be?

Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness should be able to climb up Scafell Pike, though that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy! Consult your doctor if in any doubt.

I’ve never been up a mountain, there’s an easy path all the way right?

Not really! In mist you can easily get lost on the summit plateau. If in any doubt, make sure there’s an experienced walker in the group, or hire a mountain leader.

I’m not 100% confident self-guiding, can I get a guide?

If you’re looking for support/leadership on your Walk up Scafell Pike then we’ve started partnering up with local guiding providers to bring you a list of suitable professional guides.

(if you’re a guide and want to advertise with us then add your listing here for FREE!)

Can I take my dog up Scafell Pike?

Yes, taking your dog on a mountain walk is great company for you and great exercise for them. Scafell Pike can pose a struggle for those dogs that are not used to long distances over rougher rockier terrain, as the summit is bouldery, so we’d recommend that taking a dog up Scafell Pike should be for the experienced hill walking dogs only.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team’s website refers to multiple rescues of dogs on the Wasdale Screes due to large boulders, so this may be one to avoid.

Please be a responsible dog mountain walker, and check out this article by our sister site Mud and Routes for more info on taking your dog mountain walking.

Will there be snow on the summit?

Assume yes in winter, maybe in Spring, no in Summer and possibly in Autumn!

How did Scafell Pike get it’s name?


More to follow….


More Questions? Please ask them at our Walk up Scafell Pike forum. We’ve had so many requests via comments and email for advice, that we cannot respond to everybody and still get outside to produce all our lovely content! Asking on a forum means the advice is shared with everyone, as well as the opportunity for other experienced voices to chime in.



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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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