Scafell Pike from Seathwaite is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length10.8 miElevation gain3,753 ftRoute typeLoop
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A circular and strenuous walk leading to the summit of Scafell Pike in Cumbria. Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and is located within the Southern Fells of the Lake District. The route climbs from Seathwaite to Styhead Tarn and Styhead Pass to join the Corridor Route to Lingmell Col. After enjoying the summit of Scafell Pike, the descent leads you via Esk Hause. Of the three highest peaks of Britain, Scafell Pike is a tougher climb than either Ben Nevis in Scotland or Snowdon in Wales. In part, this is due to the fact that it is not easily accessible from the more frequented valleys of Langdale and Borrowdale, while the character of the ground underfoot demands care by whatever route you choose. Once on the summit plateau, the walker has to negotiate a sea of rock which is irksome even in good weather. Nonetheless for those who make the pilgrimage the rewards are immense. They will have immersed themselves in the most dramatic mountain scenery this country has to offer and had the satisfaction of being momentarily the highest person in England. This walk is a serious mountain climb and should only be attempted in good weather conditions by experienced hill walkers. Ensure you are prepared with the proper equipment and a map. The route would pose a dangerous hazard for humans or dogs that are not accustomed to challenging hill walks. The total ascent is about 800 meters with some steep sections. Whilst some of the route follows well-made rock-built paths, there are several sections on rough rocky ground and areas with loose or crumbly stones underfoot which can be very slippery. There are a couple of rocky scrambles where you will need to use your hands. You will be sharing the fells with sheep. Allow 7-8 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the tiny village of Seathwaite. There is roadside parking along a long stretch of the road as you approach, however this can be busy during holidays and weekends, particularly in the summer. Please park with consideration for local farm traffic. Approximate post code CA12 5XJ.

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Alice Wright
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Amazing !! We arrived to start our walk at 9:20am which we felt was a perfect time. There were a fair few spaces to park and gave us a good amount of time to get up and down before it got toooo warm. The route was so easy to follow - would definitely recommend !!

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Ayden R
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Awesome route. A clear path to follow the whole way round with some nice views. It’s a popular hike and parking spaces fill up quickly though.

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Mark Ashmore
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Absolutely loved this route. Tough going over rocky terrain and a bit of scrambling thrown in too. Breathtaking views the whole way round. Awesome!

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Matt Mullen
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this was 1st time I went up Scarfell Pike after visiting windermere few weeks prior and hearing about it. I did this trek all in my own. it was bar far one of best walks/treks iv ever done. beutiful views from start to finish. it was really tough in some parts though climbing over things

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Fraser Dorey
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Daniel Richards
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A very tough hike, both physically and mentally. The clambering over scree and boulders were personal favourites of my girlfriend, only outdone for her by having to learn how to rock climb in order to get back to the car. There are some tough bits on this even for an experienced walker but it is very much worth the effort.

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Rob Oliver
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Gary and Reancy Jukes
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Ayah Snobe
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Amazing hike. We had the weather on our side and managed a cloud free summit. We decided to come back via the corridor route after getting some advice from locals on the track who said it’s easier to scramble up than back down and we agree! Get here nice and early and beat the crowds to the summit. Take lots of water or a filter as there are a tonne of streams you can fill up from with one!

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Sophie Laidler
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Katie Fernyhough
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Absolutely loved this hike, this is only my second time climbing Scafell, having previously done a similar version of this route (I think in reverse). Ideal weather today, and I got a early start which was absolutely magical: it felt as if I had the entire mountain to myself. The views are of course amazing - what else would you expect? A (long) word of caution though - please, please do not attempt to do this without: a map, sturdy shoes (not pumps! I saw someone going up in a pair of plimsolls - way to roll an ankle) and at least 1litre of water, preferably 2. You cannot use your phone for navigation, there is no signal, and routes are not signposted. There are many forks/crossroads in the trail, most of the path is not visible once you approach the summit due to it basically being a pile of boulders, over which you must climb/scramble. This is not just a long walk, it’s a tough hike and you need to be properly prepared!

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Tristan Gibbs
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Perfect weather, testing at times but worth it for the views

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Ulai Mawson
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Dan R
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A great trekking route up to scafell pike suggested by a few and on the app. This is a long but excellent trek with some challenging aspects. Some parts of the route includes tough scramble climbing which we found fun but had been our first. The views on a clear and cloudy day were beautiful and would love to do this route once more.

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Nick Osborne
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Enjoyed this trail today. A bit tougher on the legs than I expected. We had a bit of map trouble at the Sty Head (where the stretcher box is located) at this point we should have followed a path forward but instead we followed the path towards Esk Hause and finally rejoined the map in the wrong direction coming down from Scafell Pike so we did the route in reverse from this point onwards. A really mixed terrain to deal with which was great. Lovely weather today. Beautiful views!

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Mark Sharp
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What a day but make no mistake this is hard. The terrain is extremely rocky and although this is only 10 miles it really takes it out of you. Some genuine vertical climbing which is good fun but scariest is definately the decents. The chimney section before you hit the corridor route is nervy. As you descend you have to look down to see where you're going which is also where you know you'll end up if you slip. Take your time. The views as you head you to Scafell Pike are stunning. It was misty on the day at the summit but still beautiful. That last push to the summit is tough. Loose rock underfoot all the way up. And you tire easy as the air thins, the temperature drops and loose terrain. The decent hammers your legs and you have to focus. As you reachbthr bottom of scarfell you immediately hit the climb to Broad Crag. Navigating across is awful. Feels like Mordor. A boulder field of shards. There is no easy way across and its tough on your feet. Broad end is a nice steady climb and when you clear that you know you're on your way back. Fabulous place, fabuless climb, and a good test. Looking forward to a beer an a curry tonight now

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Ginta Re
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Andrew Harding
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What a day! I tackled this loop yesterday with my father on the eve of his 67th birthday. We are both fit and experienced outdoors types and agreed that this was the hardest walk we ever did in the UK. The trail is challenging with boulders almost the whole way and a couple of technical scrambles up and down gills on the way up. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed spectacular views the whole way, just not at the summit, which was covered in cloud. I would not attempt this in bad weather! It took 7 hours all told. Thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely worth the effort!

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Benjamin Stewart
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Not a well marked trail. Becomes very vague at points. Enjoyable in good weather. Would be less inclined to do this in bad weather. There is a point where there is an arrow on a rock, which essentially comes a via ferrata section but without the wire. Camped at the styhead tarn, which was very good

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