Even though many of the photographs taken from the summit of Scafell Pike are truly incredible, they can never replace the sensation of being there yourself.
When using Google Earth, it is recommended to enter the exact coordinates for Scafell Pike on Google Earth (54° 27′ 15.2″N, 3° 12′ 41.5″W), as typing in “Scafell Pike” will direct you to the Wasdale Head Car Park. Also, do not forget to include the “N” and “W” in the coordinates or you will end up near the Parque Kabah in Cancun which, although being somewhat warmer, is full of palm trees, mosquitoes and overpriced cocktails – none of which you will find at the summit of Scafell Pike.
Best Scafell Pike Maps
The Ordnance Survey “Landranger” series are the best Scafell Pike maps to take with you on your walk, as they show the area in greater detail than the standard OS “Explorer” maps. Landranger maps have a scale of 1:50 000 (about 1¼ inches to the mile) and unfold to 1000 mm x 890 mm.
The Landranger map you will need for your Scafell Pike walk is OS Landranger 90 – entitled Penrith and Keswick – which is available from the Ordnance Survey web site for £6.99 or from Amazon from around £4.00 (make sure you are not buying a used map or one from pre-Feb 2009). To ensure you get the right one, look for ISBN number 9780319231517. The area surrounding Scafell Pike will appear in grid reference NY215072.
Scafell Pike GPS v Scafell Pike Maps
If you have a GPS compatible Smartphone or stand-alone GPS device, you may feel that a Scafell Pike map is obsolete. However, the best Scafell Pike maps provide additional security if your GPS device is unable to pick up a signal, the battery has run flat or – and many people will acknowledge this – if you do not know how to operate it properly.
For the sake of a few quid, it is better to have a Scafell Pike map with you – it forms part of the essential list of items that appear on our equipment page, and having a GPS to find your way to the summit of Scafell Pike is hardly sporting now – is it?