Scafell Pike via Scafell – The Walker’s Route
Post Code for Sat Nav: CA20 1EX
Wasdale – NT Car Park.
A more satisfying outing for the seasoned walker to bag both Scafell and Scafell Pike.
Distance: 5.6 km
Ascent: 1134 m
Time: 4 hours
Start and Finish:
Pub at Wasdale Head. Campsite and catering van at start.
Steep Ground and scree
Scafell Pike via Scafell – The Walker’s Route Details
Scafell was once thought to be the highest mountain, with the remaining hills merely the pikes of Scafell. This walk up Scafell from Wasdale allows the walker to cover both Scafell and Scafell Pike in one trip whilst avoiding the climb on Broad Stand. Instead it descends via Fox’s Tarn, losing a bit more height than you would on Broad Stand but much more suited to those of us who don’t climb.
Scafell Pike via Scafell – The Walker’s Route Map and GPX Download
Scafell Pike via Scafell – Route Information
The walk starts off from the Wasdale Campsite – splitting off the popular Wasdale Path almost immediately and heading off up towards Green How. It’s a short, but steep slog as you reach Scafell’s summit in only around 3.5km. The descent over Symond’s Knott and down to Foxes Tarn needs care, especially to ensure you don’t continue over Broad Stand (for which you’ll need to be a climber and fully equipped for the descent). It’s a traverse across to the col of Mickledore and then up to Scafell Pike from there.