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

Further Details

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:

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:

Recommended Scafell Pike Maps

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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