To The Top
Summit Hint: summit construction (top of stepped cairn)
Take Care!For some summits, the precise location cannot be reached. You can still bag the summit by getting as close as safe and legally possible. Always remember to take into account weather conditions and the abilities of your family.
This is the summit of Scafell Pike, which is part of the Cumbria 3 Peaks Hiking Challenge. The summit is marked, so an easy one to find...once you've climbed up there of course ;-)
There are lots of walking routes you can follow up to the summit of Scafell Pike.
Have a look at the routes published on OS Maps for a guide up to the summit. Note that the Lake District paths are not usually waymarked or signposted, so you'll need to navigate correctly to avoid getting lost and getting into difficulty. The OS Maps app can help with that (take extra power banks to keep your phone charged and download all the maps beforehand). However, you should also print out the Paper Maps for the route (which you can do with an OS Maps subscription).
Make sure any printed maps are waterproofed. Either laminate them or get a waterproof map case.
Make sure you can use a map and compass - don't solely rely on technology.
Note that paths in the Lake District are not usually waymarked or signposted
3 Peaks Route from Wasdale Head
Here's a popular route from the (National) 3 Peaks Challenge, which starts at Wasdale Head.
How long does it take to climb Scafell Pike?
OS Maps publishes this route as 4.5km and reports it takes about an hour (one way).
Obviously, if your climbing with little people, it could take a bit longer ;-)
However, both the Lake District National Park and the Wasdale Mountain Rescue say you should allow 5 to 6 hours to climb Scafell Pike and return.
the Lake District National Park and the Wasdale Mountain Rescue say you should allow 5 to 6 hours to climb Scafell Pike and return
How steep is the climb to Scafell Pike?
Here's the elevation reported by OS Maps. However, look at the route map below from the Lake District National Park. Depending on which route your take will make it more challenging. Wasdale Mountain Rescue publishes advice on the easiest route up Scafell Pike and back (see below).
The Lake District National Park Walking Route (Corridor Route)
The Lake District National Park publishes a circular route covering 8 miles (12.8km) and takes at least 6.5 hours to finish.
This circular route also starts and finishes at Wasdale Head.
If you intend to descend by the Corridor Route then make sure that you go all the way around the corner of the Piers Gill crossing and actually slightly uphill to follow the path, well away from Piers Gill, which leads down to Styhead. For further details concerning the hazards of Piers Gill go to the section in accident black spots.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Route Advice
The Wasdale Mountain Rescue provides excellent advice on climbing Scafell Pike. You must read this before setting out to bag this summit.
Can Kids Climb Scafell Pike?
This is something you must decide as a parent.
Many families have climbed Scafell Pike, but it does depend on your children's age and fitness. It's also best to do this when the weather is forecast to be great (but still be prepared for bad weather in the mountains).
Note that it's not a great climb for dogs - so bear that in mind when considering taking your kids.
Can Dogs Climb Scafell Pike?
There lots of rough rocks that may hurt their paws, as well as large boulders that are difficult for dogs to climb up and over.
On The Map
OS Grid Reference: NY215072
AddressScafell Pike (Summit bagging hiking challenge)