Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass

By Dave Roberts   

on January 5, 2021   No ratings yet.

Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass

Further Details

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.

Scafell Pike Guidebooks:

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Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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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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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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