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Scarfell Pike Via Little Narrowcove

Lake District National Park

In first winter snow, a long and challenging hike

Hiking Moderate

20 km
1.1 km
1.1 km
5-6 hrs
Low Point
78 m
High Point
972 m
Scarfell Pike Via Little Narrowcove Map

This is a popular hiking route which is generally considered to be moderate. It's very remote, it features high exposure and is typically done all year round. From a low point of 78 m to the maximum altitude of 972 m, the route covers 20 km, 1080 vertical metres of ascent and 1081 vertical metres of descent.


Following the Esk River all the way to Little Narrowcove. then a steep gully accent to summit of Scarfell Pike, followed by a steep decent down beneath Scarfell East Butress, In winter conditions boot packing steps in the snow was required.



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

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Water features

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