Arguably the prettiest route up Scafell Pike..
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
The highest mountain in England is a worthy objective for any lover of the hills, and we would love to guide you to the top. Scafell Pike, at 978m, rises up in a great sweeping mass in the South West of the Lake District, and one of the best places to climb it from is Seathwaite. This beginning at the ‘end of the road’ not only starts in a beautiful setting but also takes one of the most adventurous routes up. You’ll love every minute!
You’ll be met by your experienced guide at the turning circle at the end of the road – there’s plenty of parking along the lane leading to the farm. Here you’ll meet your fellow walking companions and head off for Scafell Pike.
The first section of the walk heads towards the hill at the head of the valley, Seathwaite Fell. After a flat section of track you’ll begin the ascent, passing to the right hand side of this hill past the waterfall of Sour Milk Gill before entering a mountain valley bordered by sweeping slopes and giving you at once that sense of wildness and the freedom of the hills. Here there’s another flat section, so you get some rest before the next uphill section.
Scafell Pike will appear ahead, and after passing the famous Styhead Tarn, you’ll begin the true climb up the Corridor Route, a winding path that skirts impressive crags and gives you views down into the deep valley of Wasdale. You’ll also see the tremendous gorge of Piers Gill, which alone is worth the journey, and which walkers on the more popular routes won’t pass.
On reaching Lingmell Col you’ll be rewarded with views of the Irish Sea, England’s deepest lake Wastwater, and on a clear day the Isle of Man. The final climb to the top is rocky and barren, a definite high summit feeling! You’ll be ecstatic on reaching the top, and for a moment be the highest person in England.
The views from the top are outstanding – reaching from Scotland over the whole Lake District and over to the North Pennines, with everything in between. Your descent route will depend on the guide’s choice, but it’s possible to make this a circular walk, descending over the Scafell plateau and then Grains Gill, to see even more of this stunning mountainscape.
By joining us you’ll be escorted by a first-aid trained Mountain Leader, someone who is passionate about the hills and loves taking people up them. You’ll also get to share your experience with the other members of the group, and perhaps make some great new friends!
To get to Seathwaite take the B5289 road from Keswick passing Grange and Rosthwaite. Just before the road reaches the village of Seatoller turn left down the minor road which is sign posted to Seathwaite. Drive all the way to the end of the minor road where there is plenty of roadside parking and in summer months extra car parking in the fields, please note parking in the farmers fields incurs a small fee.
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016