Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass

Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass

By Dave Roberts   

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Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass

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Route Summary:

Wilder and quieter walk from Eskdale in the south.

Start and Finish: Eskdale

Distance: 17.3 km

Ascent: 966 m

Time: 6 hours

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


The Woolpack Inn – Boot.

Public Transport:

Traveline for UK Public Transport


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.

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Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass

The route up Scafell Pike via Cam Spout is a quiet, lesser known walk that sets off from near Boot in Eskdale to the south. This is a full outing that returns down the Little Narrowcove route up Scafell Pike. You’ll avoid the hordes of people from the Wasdale side, as well as the starting point being a bit nearer to the M6 than Wasdale Head. This route follows the River Esk on both banks for most of it’s length, with a gentle and gradual walk in. The final section to the summit of Scafell Pike is much steeper, whether you choose to go via Cam Spout or Little Narrowcove.

There’s also a scramble up and over Dow Crag that can be used as an alternative to the direct walk up Scafell Pike via Cam Spout itself. All three routes are detailed further in the excellent Cicerone guidebook, The Mid-Western Fells by Mark Richards on pages 228 and 229, and we highly recommend this along with the standard ORDNANCE SURVEY Explorer OL6 – SW Lakes Map.

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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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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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1 thought on “Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass”

  1. Ban people who feel they can walk up in flip flops, jelly’s and other stupid footware. You are in big mountains. Learn to read a compass and map and stop asking people if ‘is this the path to the top of scafell pike’. For goodness sake you’re in the mountain. Deal with it.

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