Everything You Need To Know Before Hiking Scafell Pike
Known as the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike stands at 978 metres tall and is part of the National Three Peaks Challenge where hikers summit the highest mountain in England, Wales and Scotland in 24 hours. An impressive feat.
The National Trust looks after the peak and there are a few planned routes to get you safely to the top. As you can imagine, this is a very popular hike. There are large groups that travel up and down the narrow paths but you’ll no doubt find your own pace. You’ll maybe even tag along with a group for some hiking banter. The best part about this hike is the views from the top. You’ll be able to see for miles and miles and miles! Totally worth it.
Here’s everything you need to know to plan your trip to Scafell Pike.
Planning Your Hike Up The UK’s Highest Peak
What You Need To Know Before Setting Off
- Height: 978 metres
- Where: In the Lake District, in the North of England
- Ground: Stones and pebbles near the top. Tread carefully.
- Steep Ascent: You bet.
- Time: Roughly 4 hours although I’m a slow walker and was in pain on the way down due to ill-fitting hiking boots (excuses).
- Views From The Top: Insane. You’ll easy be able to spy Windermere Lake, Grassmoor and Red Pike to the North West and Old Man of Coniston to the South East. Helvellyn is to the North East and on a good day, you may be lucky to see The Isle Of Man! It’s well worth it.
Recommended maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL6 – SW Lakes.
How To Get To Scafell Pike
By far the easiest ways to get to Scafell Pike is to drive. You can get to Scafell Pike by transport, however, the trains can be expensive unless you book in advance and there is a certain reliance on bus timings which could cut short your experience.
What Do You Need To Take
Here are all the essentials you need to take on your hike up Scafell Pike:
- Hiking boots and walking socks
- Waterproof raincoat
- Waterproof trousers
- Hiking backpack
- First Aid Kit
- Depending on the weather, hat and gloves or suncream and sun hat
Scafell Pike Route & Trails
There are 3 routes to the top of Scafell Pike. Two begin from the car park at the edge of Wast Water and the third runs from a car park in Borrowdale a couple of miles away. We took on the Horrowstones route as it was my first time and there was talk of high winds and bouts of rain looming.
The route has the same beginning as the Mickledore route but about halfway up you split off left. I believe this is the route most travel and whilst it’s supposedly the easiest it is still quite steep in places with plenty of stones and pebbles to stumble on so take it easy.
The third route, known as the Corridor route, is longer and sounds a tad more adventurous. Don’t hesitate to ask the team on the ground what they think the weather will be up to as this may affect which route you decide to do.
Facilities Along The Way
If you are parking at Lake Head there are some portable loos as well as a small van selling chocolate and tea. What more could you need? Remember to bring coins to pay for the parking otherwise, you can sign up to join the National Trust where members get free parking across all locations.
For accommodation, you can stay at the nearby Wasdale National Trust Campsite if you are planning on making a day of walking other routes in the area, otherwise, we stayed at the beautiful Hoathwaite Campsite only an hour’s drive away.
Which route is your favourite Scafell route?