Scafell Pike from Seathwaite Circular Walk

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Lake District National Park

Scafell Pike from Seathwaite Circular Walk is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gatesgarth, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length12.4 miElevation gain4,107 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 with an elevation of 978 metres above sea level 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 an OS 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 metres 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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Ellie K
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A great trail, the corridor route up to scafell pike includes a few easy scrambling sections, but nothing too serious. Note - arrive early as car parking is very limited.

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Mark Ashmore
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Amazing route across tough terrain - all with breathtaking views. Loved it!

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Michael Stanton
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HikingRockyScramble
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Great circuit, a couple of good scrambles. Tough section up to the summit with lots of loose rocks but worth it.