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A strenuous 11 mile walk to the summit of Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain.  The walk goes via Styhead and the Corridor Route to reach Lingmell col and avoids many of the crowds than the tourist route, which is used for the descent.
 
The route sets out from the small hamlet of Seathwaite in the Lake District's Borrowdale Valley, and heads over Stockley Bridge above Seathwaite then takes a fairly straightforward ascent up Grains Gill to reach Esk Hause. 
 
It takes on a high level traverse of the Great End, Ill Crag and Broad Crag ridge involving navigation of a rather tricky boulder field then on to Scafell Pike itself. 
 
The views from Scafell Pike are fantastic with a panorama over the Lakeland fells. Navigating on the higher parts of this walk can be difficult in bad weather or low visibility, and Scafell Pike is a serious mountain with changeable weather conditions at any time of the year. You should always be carrying the right gear and know how to use it, particularly your map and compass.
 
The route has over 1,500m of ascending and should be planned and prepared for as the weather can change at short notice.

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    This map doesn't say where the start of the walk would be, so still not sure where to park.
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    Feb 13, 2017
  • walkr's picture

    Hi Vicky, We were parked at the campsite at Etherley Farm. There's another car park nearer Leith Hill though.
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    Sep 20, 2019

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Distance

10 - 12 Miles

Difficulty

Strenuous Hike

Points of Interest

Viewpoint
Car Parking (free)

Hazards

Steep Hill
Cliff edge

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