Author Topic: What are the best walking routes to Scafell Pike with maps?  (Read 590 times)

wildCAMPER

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Hi all - it's been a very long time since I walked to Scafell Pike (only done it once) and I fancy doing it again to take some friends to Englands highest mountain. The walking route I done before was from Seathwaite/Borrowdale - the map is below. I'm also aware of the really quick route that I believe 3 peakers often do from Wasdale head? but not really keen on that one as I like a bit of variety in a walk - again map below).


Can any of you recommend any other routes to walk and include maps or give links to map routes? If the route includes a bit of scrambling thats totally fine too - just interested in what options there are to walk to Scafell Pike other than the 2 maps shown here.


I'm also interested in what are peoples favourite routes if you've tried a few of them? I think a lot of people seem to enjoy the route that i done from Seathwaite that takes in the corridor route? Cheers!






Glyno

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You could try the route from Wasdale Head via Piers Gill (path on East side)

wildCAMPER

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Thanks @Glyno - I'll look into Piers Gill -seems like there are multiple ways you can tackle Piers Gill? Got any good links?

Jac

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From Wasdale Head Up via Mickledore and back via Piers Gill worked well for me :)
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Strider

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One slight variation on your first route: there are two paths past Taylorgill Force, the bridleway via Stockley Bridge on the east side of the gill, and a path on the west side which requires you to clamber over some large boulders, its an easy scramble.  It's from here that you get the best view of the falls.
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wildCAMPER

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Thanks for the tips :)


@Strider - Just had a friend who tackled your recommended route up past Taylorgill Force at the weekend - said it was good  O0

rural roamer

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Some useful information here for me, as we're planning on doing Scafell Pike at the beginning of
July as part of doing the three peaks this year (Snowdon done in May). We walked the Rhyd-ddu path up Snowdon which was fine, so donít mind an easy scramble.


wildCAMPER

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@ruralroamer - you will have to let us know how you get on - and your favourite of the 3 peaks. Mine is Snowdon via Crib Goch - one of my best walks that one :-)

richardh1905

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The Piers Gill path is a good way up from Wasdale; the normal tourist route up Brown Tongue to Mickledore is a trudge.


For the descent; why not make a round of it and carry on over Broad Crag on to Great End; then down to Esk Hause, then via Sprinkling Tarn and Sty Head for the return to Wasdale?


wildCAMPER

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Piers Gill sounds like a way to tackle Scafell Pike then - cheers!

richardh1905

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I'm going to add a proviso about Piers Gill; please read the link below from Wasdale Mountain Rescue, as people have got themselves into difficulties on this route, I suspect usually when descending in poor weather:


http://www.wmrt.org.uk/advice/accident-black-spots/piers-gill-scafell-pike/


Having said that, I still recommend Piers Gill as an excellent way to ascend Scafell Pike. The so called 'bad step' is a short scrambly section where you do have to put hand to rock, but it is not hard, and I had no hesitation taking my daughter up when she was 14; she had no bother at all.