The Complete Guide to Scafell Pike

If you are considering a walk up “Scafell Pike”, this is the best place to start.

Why would anybody want to brave the Cumbrian weather, risk painful blisters and battle against the toughest sheep in England to walk up Scafell Pike?

Because it is there!

Not only is the Scafell Pike walk modestly challenging, it has invariably been described as exhilarating, beautiful and breathtaking. It won’t take long to discover the beauty and romanticism of the great Scafell Pike mountain.

The Scafell Pike walk, and the view from the top, has inspired writers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Baines and Wainwright (See Wainwright book) as, on a clear day, you can see the five kingdoms of Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Heaven!

Scafell Pike walks became popular in the eighteenth century before Ordnance Survey maps were available and when walkers were guided up the slopes of the “Scafell Pike Mountain” by locals, keen to supplement their income.

Indeed, it was an error on an Ordnance Survey map which gave Scafell Pike its current name – previously being known as “The Pikes of Sca Fell” in honour of a neighbouring peak, which looks higher from many angles, but which is in fact ten feet lower.

Be prepared for your visit

Make sure you pack the correct equipment, and find out which maps are available, where the best places to stay near Scafell Pike are located and how to avoid the ghosts of ancient smugglers at Moses Trod, riderless horses at Burnmoor and 13th century outlaws at Sty Head Pass!

Current news events concerning Scafell Pike walks have their own section, as do details of how you can combine your Scafell Pike walk as part of the Three Peaks Challenge. We have a page dedicated to further information about Scafell Pike walks which is a good place to start if you haven’t visited yet.