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Scafell Pike from Seathwaite is a 10.9 mile 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.

Length 10.9 mi Elevation gain 3,664 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Walking

Forest

Lake

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

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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Nick Osborne
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HikingRockyScramble

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!

Mark Sharp
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RockyScramble

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

Ginta Re
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Andrew Harding
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HikingRockyScramble

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!

Benjamin Stewart
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Hiking

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

Agnes Laczkovszki
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Fredrik Uhr
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Hiking

Exiting hike but the views from the top even in clear weather was not so impressive that I hoped

Bryan Zink
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Hiking

I hiked this with my 15 year old son. Make sure you plan your rout before you go. They’re are plenty of kerns along the way But there are also lots of ways to the top. The weather was pleasant at the start but as we reached to summit the clouds blew in. It was still worth the trip despite the clouds. Make sure you have good boots. The terrain goes from trail to rocky to stepping from big rock to big rock. There are a couple ways down and we chose to do the loop so that we wound get a different view. The hike down has breathtaking views. Awesome adventure! This was Peak two of our three peak adventure.

Abby Andersen
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Anita J.
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Hiking

It rained on us almost the whole first 3-3.5 miles. Brian missed a turn and when he realized we decided to keep going as it turned us back. We were cold and wet and it wasn’t showing signs of stopping. Gorgeous views all over, just limited due to visibility with the rain and fog. Wished it would have been a nicer day as I’m guessing it is spectacular. Reminded us of Hawaii!

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Melonie Hodkinson
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Hiking

This was a tough walk mainly due to the weather conditions, we experienced rain, 50mph winds and poor visibility but what a great achievement and well worth it, sun on the way down with amazing views to top the day off.

Hilary Wilson
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HikingRocky

Great hike. Absolutely loved the views coming up past Styhead Tarn, and through the corridor route. Unfortunately the cloud came down just as I made the summit, and so couldn’t see much for the decent. Follow the cairns and you can’t go wrong

Stephen Clough
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Kevin Ryan
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Hiking

niceeee many false summits though

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Doug Laird
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A must do hike in the Lake District, but you must be in good condition to enjoy the climb.

Madara Iesalniece
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After bridge turn left. Very good trek, quite steep, cold up on the top, but definitely worth it. If going in March or colder months, make sure you have warn clothes on.

Paul Ashurst
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Hiking

Did this hike and went up lords rake and did both scarfell and pike big hike for me personally but well worth the effort, Lords rake has a real mountain feel

RunGoodRyan User
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Hiking

Difficult on the way back. We made a wrong turn and didn't follow the arrow on the rock, and then it's pure cliff edge climbing so had to double back!

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Amber Moore
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Hiking

It may be that I was with the wrong person or went on the wrong day but I found it a difficult scramble and was unable to see anything but cloud from approximately half way up. Not a peak I’d recommend.

Kinder B.
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Hiking

Great hike, long but not too strenuous. Worth getting up early to do this one for less crowds. Route is easy to navigate with all trails map. No toilets on route only at campsite at the start. Just a shame couldn’t see anything when we got to the top

David Mills
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awesome challenging walk note tough for dogs

Thomas Johnson
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Hiking

my first hike for nearly over 10years, had an amazing day the view wernt the best because of low clouds but what a climb, very rocky at the start but the path gets easier as you go, just keep thinking your nearly there and you'll do it, that's my motto and I conquered it of to snowdan next week then the big Ben Nevis after then hitting irish peaks, I can say the pike got me attached.

Howard Hudson
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cross the river.turn left straight up.top scramble.

phil behan
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Walking

One of the more interesting ways to do England’s highest point with varied terrain - but it feels a long way! If clockwise round this loop then going up a scramble on Great End - eg Cust’s Gully is a lot of fun and really add to the day!

Wendy Hetherington
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Hiking

Great hike! Unfortunately it was a cloudy misty day and views at top were limited.

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