Scafell Pike via the Cowcove zig-zags and Cam Spout

Scafell Pike via the Cowcove zig-zags and Cam Spout

By Dave Roberts   

on January 5, 2021   No ratings yet.

Scafell Pike via the Cowcove zig-zags and Cam Spout

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Route Summary:

Quiet route up Scafell Pike from Eskdale.

Start and Finish: Eskdale

Distance: 8.4 km

Ascent: 962 m

Time: 3.5 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:

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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 the Cowcove zig-zags and Cam Spout Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Scafell Pike via the Cowcove zig-zags and Cam Spout

This remote walking route up Scafell Pike from Eskdale is a variation on the Scafell Pike via Cam Spout From Hardknott Pass route that follows the zig-zags at Cowcove rather than following the River Esk. You’ll more than likely be alone on this walk, with any route from Eskdale attracting significantly fewer walkers than the more popular Wasdale and Seathwaite approaches.

The route starts off from Whahouse Bridge near Boot in Eskdale before heading up along the River Esk to Scale Brodge before it begins ascending past Scale Gill along the zig-zags. The path traverses on a flatter course to rejoin the River Esk further up the valley before ascending to Mickledore via How Beck and on to the summit of Scafell Pike. You can bag Scafell on the ascent if you wanted, but if you wanted to include Scafell from Eskdale, then it would be better to ascend via Slight Side before descending to Foxes Tarn an along to Mickledore and on to Scafell Pike from there.

Alternatively, you can walk the Scafell Pike from Eskdale via Pen route, for an interesting route that avoids Mickledore.

Scafell Pike from Eskdale Route Information

More information can be found in the detailed Cicerone guidebook, The Mid-Western Fells by Mark Richards on page 228, which is recommend along with the 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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