Head for the highest peak in England as part of a sociable weekend in the Lake District
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Difficulty Level3 Three
Join us on a weekend where Scafell Pike is our Saturday objective and we also take you out on a gentler Sunday walk to see more of the local area. Enjoy relaxing in our hostel, get to know your fellow walkers, and spend some time in the timeless landscape of Cumbria.
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, rising above the deep valleys and serene lakes of the south-west of the Lake District. As a day walk it’s an unforgettable journey past deep mountain ravines, along ancient trails, and with views all the way up that reach over Lakeland. Doing it with a friendly and supportive group is just the icing on the cake!
In a nutshell:
- Summit Scafell Pike with a Large Outdoors Mountain Leader on a day in the hills you’ll never forget.
- Explore the Lake District on a relaxing sociable weekend with a gentler walk on Sunday to finish off Saturday’s adventure.
- Enjoy local produce as we head to a traditional Lake District inn for a celebratory meal.
- Relax in the hostel, with hot drinks always on offer and a host to look after you.
- Meet a friendly group of people and support each other as you aim to become the highest people in England – at least for a few minutes!
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and get you settled in. You may want a quick wander around the local area to begin to settle into the peaceful surroundings, or just relax in the lounge with a tea or a glass of wine!
Today we head out to take on the mighty Scafell Pike.
We will need to drive to the start this morning, transport is not included and we ask people to car share, we’ll be heading to Seathwaite, right at the head of Borrowdale.
The route we’ll be taking is a circular walk, first heading up to Styhead Tarn along rocky mountain paths. From here the path gets narrower as we head along the ‘corridor route’, a fantastic traverse of the Scafell massif which gives us views into the famous Piers’ Gill, and down into Wasdale. The final section up to the summit of Scafell Pike is rocky, but we’ll be able to see the sea, and the rest of the Lake District opening out before us.
The return journey takes us over the Scafell plateau past the other peaks that make up the range. Once down at Esk Hause, we are on a path that leads down a different valley back to where we started at Seathwaite.
The total ascent for the day is just under 1000m and the walk will take us around 7 hours. The paths are mostly clear but they are rocky, and there are a few rocky steps where you’ll want to use your hands. Our Mountain Leaders will help you across all these tricky bits. Don’t worry though, there’s no climbing!
Once we’re back at the hostel it’s time to celebrate with some drinks and snacks before we head out to dinner at a local pub. You’ll be reliving the day’s adventures and reminiscing about the time you’ve spent on the roof of England!
After breakfast, we’ll have a more leisurely morning and head out for a wander for a few hours, showing you the area local to the accommodation. We’ll aim to finish the walk for 12-1pm and head to somewhere you can get some lunch before the weekend comes to an end.
Some options we’ll be considering for Sunday’s walk are:
Latrigg – Rising above the town of Keswick, Latrigg is a grassy hill surrounded by woodland. We can head through the woods looking out for red squirrels before heading up the gentle slope to the top of the hill. The view of the town and the lake from here, with the famous Catbells behind, is one of the classic views of the Lake District. After wandering back down we’ll head to Keswick for lunch.
Derwent Water – Dotted with islands, and surrounded by hills, Derwent Water lies to the south of Keswick. There are paths running through the wooded shorelines, giving you excellent views of the lake and the hills without having to go uphill at all! We’ll follow one of the many paths here and head back to Keswick for lunch.
About the Area
The Lake District
The mountains and lakes of central Cumbria, in the north-west of England, are one of the most popular walking destinations in Britain. Designated as a National Park in 1951 and made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, the beauty of the landscape here has inspired poets, mountaineers, travellers and walkers for hundreds of years. It contains a vast array of hills, including the highest in England, and England’s only peaks over 3000 feet. Alongside the hills are dozens of lakes, woodlands, snaking valleys, and views that stretch all the way from Scotland to Lancashire. Despite the huge numbers of people that have come to love the Lake District, it is still easy to get away from it all in the hills and enjoy the peace of the countryside. You’ll quickly feel more relaxed in the fresh air!
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Good to know:
Derwentwater Independent Hostel
- Two nights hostel style accommodation
- Guided day walk to the summit of Scafell Pike
- Coach transfer from hostel to the start of the walk
- Friday & Saturday night evening meals, breakfasts and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk
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What our members have to say...
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
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