Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike

While Scafell Pike has several paths, most Three Peaks Challengers will begin at Wasdale Head, to the North of Wast Water. Paths on Scafell Pike are marked on the OS Explorer OL 6 map (South Western Lakes).

Scafell Pike carpark postcode

The postcode for Wasdale Head is CA20 1EX.

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Scafell Pike routes

Two usual routes are available for climbing Scafell Pike - either from Seathwaite, or Wasdale Head. A further route via Lickledore is eroded and probably not suitable for the National Three Peaks.

Route from Wasdale Head

For the Wasdale Head route, park at the Lake Head car park. This is to minimise the impact on the local community.

From the car park, follow the road to the footpath, and follow this over a footbridge and onwards to Lingmell Gill. Here, bear to the left, heading uphill before crossing the river and passing Brown Tongue, and continuing to the peak of Scafell Pike.

The Wasdale Head route is six miles long, up and down, and includes 989 metres of ascent.

Route from Seathwaite

From the parking, walk through the farm, over Stockley Bridge, to Styhead Gill. From Sty Head, continue to Corridor Route to Lnigmell Col, and on to the peak of Scafell Pike.

The Seathwaite route is 9.5 miles long, up and down, and includes 996 metres of ascent.

Both routes can be seen below, with Seathwaite in the North, and Wasdale Head in the West.

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