Scafell Pike is both the highest mountain in the Lake District and indeed in England. It stands at an elevation of 978 m (3,209 ft) and has a prominence of 912 m (2,992 ft), classifying it as a Marilyn, a Hewitt and a Nuttall, as well as being one of Wainwright’s peaks. It lies in the Southern Fells and is connected to Sca Fell by the col of Mickledore.
Unsurprisingly, given its height, Scafell Pike offers an uninterrupted panorama across the whole of the Lake District. Wastwater, Derwentwater and Windermere can all be seen on a clear day, while many of the area’s more notable landmarks such as Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Blencathra and High Raise are also visible. There is a small subsidiary top about 100 yards to the south with impressive views down into Eskdale.
Naturally, given its status, Scafell Pike is a much-frequented fell. There are four main routes to the summit which vary in difficulty but are all a lengthy walk, given the peak’s height. The most popular and straightforward begins at Wasdale Head to the north of Wastwater; while a more challenging route which rewards the walker with better views begins at Eskdale, following the course of the River Esk before a steep ascent up to the Mickledore col.
Walkers who want to complete a number of Wainwrights in one day will often begin in Borrowdale and include Scafell, returning via some or all of Glaramara, Allen Crags and Great End. Scafell Pike can also be accessed from Langdale via Rossett Gill and Esk Hause before ascending to this fell’s summit. The return journey can then take in Esk Pike and Bowfell or descend via Rossett Pike.