Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

By Dave Roberts   

on January 5, 2021   5/5 (1)

Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

Further Details

Route Summary:

The popular, easier and busy route.

Start and Finish: Wasdale Head

Distance: 5.7 km

Ascent: 898 m

Time: 3 hours

Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.


Pub – Wasdale Head Inn – and Toilets

Public Transport:

Traveline for UK Public Transport


Navigation from summit and middle section in mist. Avoid if Lingmell Beck is in flood.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path,  Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.

Scafell Pike Guidebooks:

Recommended Scafell Pike Maps

Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

This is an alternative start to the Walk up Scafell Pike from Wasdale that starts from the Wasdale Head Inn. As there’s a car park, accommodation and a car park at Wasdale Head, many will choose to start off from here rather than the National Trust Car Park near Wastwater. You’ll also arrive back at your car (and pub) sooner if you’re descending the Corridor Route, which is another bonus!

Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head Route Details

There’s a clear path along the river to the NT campsite, where you can follow the Wasdale Route up to the summit. Though in heavy rain, the path may be harder and wetter to follow in places.

From Wastwater car park, follow the instructions given in our Scafell Pike from Wasdale route guide.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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