Scafell Pike Corridor Route from Seathwaite via Taylorgill Force
Post Code for Sat Nav: CA12 5XJ
Free parking is available along the roadside to Seathwaite Farm. If it’s busy, make sure to leave enough room for passing vehicles – including farm vehicles and trailers or emergency vehicles. Try to avoid parking on both sides of the road – there is an alternative car park in Seatoller.
Though no public transport runs into Seathwaite, it is possible to get buses to Seatoller. The 78 runs an hourly service from Keswick to Seatoller (half hourly at weekends) while the 77/77A ‘Honister Rambler’ also calls at Seatoller every hour.
The Corridor Route is one of the most impressive routes in the entire Lake District, a must on any hill-walkers list. This is an alternative start to the usual route.
Distance: 7.2 km
Ascent: 882 m
Time: 3.5 hours
Start and Finish: Seathwaite Farm - Scafell Pike
Camp site at start with pubs in Borrowdale. Toilet block at Seathwaite Farm
Paths are generally well-defined but can become indistinct on occasions. The summit plateau of Scafell Pike can be confusing in the mist so good navigation is essential. A couple of short, rock steps will need to negotiate along the Corridor Route; one at Skew Gill and one at Greta Gill.
Scafell Pike Corridor Route from Seathwaite via Taylorgill Force Details
The Corridor Route from Seathwaite in Borrowdale is one of the best routes up Scafell Pike and one of the best in the Lake District altogether. The combination of relatively easy gradients and awe-inspiring scenery make it a ‘must-do’ on any hikers list.
This description covers a slightly lesser-used route alongside Taylorgill Force, rather than the traditional Grains Gill or Greenhow Knott approaches. It could be argued that this is the best route to Sty Head from Seathwaite thanks to the impressive views of the Taylorgill Force waterfall and some highly enjoyable scrambling.
Scafell Pike Corridor Route from Seathwaite via Taylorgill Force Map and GPX Download
Scafell Pike Corridor Route from Seathwaite via Taylorgill Force Route Description
1 – From the end of the lane, head between the buildings of Seathwaite Farm. Within the yard, to the right, is a metal gate beneath an archway. Pass through it and cross the River Derwent via the footbridge. Immediately after the footbridge is a gate on the left (NY 23346 12197). Head through it to reach open ground alongside the river.
2 – The path follows the river south a short distance before veering away, climbing across the lower slopes of Base Brown. The path here can be very boggy and sometimes unclear.
3 – The path passes through a couple of gates and over some tumbled drystone walls, eventually reaching a stand of trees situated in a deep ravine. The trees hide Taylorgill Force, one of the highest waterfalls in the Lake District. As you round the corner, the waterfall will come into view alongside an impressive, rocky wall.
4 – The route climbs the wall, comprising a jumble of rock ‘steps’ – an easy scramble by most standards. You will quickly reach a small, metal gate in a wall. Beyond the gate, the path contours across the steep side of the valley, being slightly exposed in a couple of places. Eventually, the path will reach easier ground at a small copse of Larch trees above the waterfall.
5 – Styhead Tarn (or simply Sty Head) is a great meeting place of paths. From here you can get to Borrowdale (from where you have come), Wasdale, Great Langdale and Eskdale. You can also reach some of the great Lakeland fells such as Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Glaramara. For these reasons, it is not the place to take a wrong turn. To reach the beginning of the Corridor Route, follow the path along the shore of the tarn as climbs, eventually leaving the tarn behind. You will reach a cairn close to a Mountain Rescue Stretcher box (a large, rectangular metal box located at NY 21889 09512). Take a left here and follow a path as it crosses some boggy ground and then over a rocky outcrop. Keep following this path until another cairn is reached with a path heading off at a right angle to the right (NY 22181 09458). This is the start of the Corridor Route.
The route now continues along the Corridor Route from Seathwaite route – with this walk continuing from section 5