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Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

Lake District National Park

Hike the tallest mountain in England

Hiking Moderate

8.3 km
902 m
902 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
69 m
High Point
971 m
Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head Map

Scafell Pike is the highest peak in England, although it’s only a few metres above its close neighbour Scafell.


There are several routes up the tallest mountain in England, but the most popular for the Three Peaks Challenge is from Wasdale Head. This is a very direct route that’s almost entirely uphill. Parking close to the base of the mountain, you take a steep hike up to the fells and then turn south to summit.

Scafell Pike is usually completed second by 24 hour Three Peaks Challengers. Apparently that means it’s slightly harder to climb than Snowdon, but we’d contest that. It depends so much on the weather, for a start.

The Lake District doesn’t seem to get winter conditions (ie. snow and ice) as consistently as Snowdonia. Not that most people take on the Three Peaks Challenge in winter… although if you’re looking for a theme that wouldn’t be a bad one!

There are no obvious highway-of-a-path routes all the way up to the summit of the highest peak in England, so that’s probably why it’s classed second hardest.




Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Summit Hike

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