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Head for the highest peak in England as part of a sociable weekend in the Lake District

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    3 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!

Summit Scafell Weekend Dates:

  • Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April 2020
  • Friday 24th. Sunday 26th July 2020

Guided day walk to the summit of Scafell Pike

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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!

Guided day walk on Scafell Pike in the Lake District in aid of Caudwell Children


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.

A group on the summit of Scafell Pike.

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!

Guided day walk to the summit of Scafell Pike



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:

Venue Address:

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House,
CA12 5UR

What’s Included: 

  • 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


Scafell Pike Weekend FAQ’s

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    Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

    For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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  • The Basics:

    Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

    Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

    Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

  • Dietary:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket / room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House,
CA12 5UR
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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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member 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.
    Member 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!
    Member Since 2016
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