Difficulty

  • Strenuousness:
    3 (Full day)/5
  • Navigation:
    2/5
  • Technicality:
    3/5

Info

  • Terrain:
    Rough rocky ground, grassy slopes, bog and occasional exposure
  • Time:
    5.5 hours
  • Distance:
    14km / 9 miles
  • Total Ascent:
    1000m
  • Starting Point:
    Seathwaite
  • Nearest Town:
    Rosthwaite
  • Public Transport:
    78 Bus Keswick - Seatoller (no closer public transport links)

Maps

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The route from Borrowdale is a long, but less steep, ascent of Scafell Pike. It is a full day’s walk, climbing up into the mountains alongside a river, then joining with the Langdale route at Esk Hause.

Drive to the head of the Borrowdale valley and take the small left turn to Seathwaite, and park on the roadside (free of charge) at the end of the lane near Seathwaite Farm (OS ref: NY235122). This is usually very busy in summer and the farmer often opens up a field for extra paid parking.

Reaching Scafell Pike from Borrowdale is one of the most popular routes up Scafell Pike, you’ll see why as you continue. Set off along the track southwards through the lovely old farmyard and out into the open valley. Follow the track alongside the river to the delightful Stockley Bridge (OS ref: NY235109)

Cross the bridge and go through the gate, taking the path to the left which continues to follow the river up Grains Gill. The path is well maintained; rising gradually at first, then more steeply alongside the tumbling waterfalls of Grains Gill until it meets a larger track running east-west (OS ref: NY229087, on this map) beneath the towering cliffs of Great End directly in front of you.

Climbing Grains Gill towards the cliffs of Great End

Turn left (east) here and after 500m take the path which rises to the right up towards Esk Hause (OS ref: N233081, on this map), where the stunning view south into Eskdale awaits. From Esk Hause, take the path westwards, climbing between Great End and Ill Crag, and across the boulder-strewn slopes of Broad Crag from where the towering summit of Scafell Pike finally comes into view.

Progress across the boulders here requires care and a tinge of disappointment awaits as you see the hard-earned height which must now be lost before the final ascent to the summit can begin!The final climb is steep and the ground is loose, but the summit plateau is soon reached and the giant cairn (OS ref: NY215073, on this map) which marks the highest point in England comes back into view. Time for a well-earned break to enjoy the sense of achievement and take in the breath-taking panoramic views!

The summit shelter and trig point

But time waits for no man, and one of the most beautiful paths imaginable still awaits. From the summit, head north-west towards Lingmell. The path is a mass of boulders but well-marked with cairns and drops quickly down to Lingmell Col where it meets the path rising up from Wasdale to the south-west. Here, take the path to the right (north-east) which is the beginning of the delightful “Corridor Route”.

The Corridor Route, with Wasdale far below and Great Gable to the right

Contouring and dropping in stages, the path has towering peaks and crags to the right and dizzying views down into Wasdale to the left, until a short final climb leads up to Sty Head Pass (OS ref: NY219095, on this map).

Styhead Tarn with Scafell Pike in the distance (back right)

Spend a few minutes sitting by Styhead Tarn looking back up towards Scafell Pike, as this will be your last view of the peak, before descending along the path to Styhead Gill until it reaches Stockley Bridge and the easy final stroll back to Seathwaite.

Borrowdale Weather Forecast

The data for the weather forecast for Borrowdale has been provided by the Met Office. The data is updated once daily, so please ensure you check the Met Office website for the most recent information. The exact location of the data refers to the Borrowdale Youth Hostel (lat: 54.5186, long: -3.1494).

Today

00:00
Temp. 10°c
Rain 93%
Wind 13mph SW
Gusts 25mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 99%
03:00
Temp. 10°c
Rain 19%
Wind 9mph SW
Gusts 25mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 98%
06:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 24%
Wind 9mph SW
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 99%
09:00
Temp. 10°c
Rain 44%
Wind 13mph SSW
Gusts 29mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 98%
12:00
Temp. 11°c
Rain 25%
Wind 16mph SW
Gusts 31mph
UV Index 3
Humidity 93%
15:00
Temp. 10°c
Rain 43%
Wind 16mph W
Gusts 34mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 74%
18:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 2%
Wind 13mph W
Gusts 27mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 66%
21:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 1%
Wind 11mph WSW
Gusts 27mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 72%

Tomorrow

00:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 2%
Wind 13mph WSW
Gusts 29mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 72%
03:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 1%
Wind 16mph W
Gusts 29mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 78%
06:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 1%
Wind 11mph W
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 81%
09:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 5%
Wind 13mph WSW
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 73%
12:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 8%
Wind 16mph SW
Gusts 27mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 71%
15:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 13%
Wind 18mph SW
Gusts 31mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 73%
18:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 84%
Wind 20mph SW
Gusts 34mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 83%
21:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 68%
Wind 22mph SW
Gusts 36mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 86%

Monday

00:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 69%
Wind 22mph WSW
Gusts 36mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 85%
03:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 65%
Wind 25mph WSW
Gusts 40mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 85%
06:00
Temp. 6°c
Rain 58%
Wind 20mph W
Gusts 31mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 82%
09:00
Temp. 6°c
Rain 46%
Wind 25mph W
Gusts 40mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 79%
12:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 43%
Wind 25mph WNW
Gusts 40mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 71%
15:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 17%
Wind 22mph WNW
Gusts 40mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 63%
18:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 14%
Wind 22mph WNW
Gusts 34mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 68%
21:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 10%
Wind 20mph WNW
Gusts 31mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 77%

Tuesday

00:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 5%
Wind 18mph WNW
Gusts 27mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 79%
03:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 3%
Wind 13mph NW
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 79%
06:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 2%
Wind 13mph NW
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 79%
09:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 4%
Wind 16mph NNW
Gusts 25mph
UV Index 3
Humidity 70%
12:00
Temp. 10°c
Rain 9%
Wind 13mph NW
Gusts 25mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 62%
15:00
Temp. 10°c
Rain 7%
Wind 16mph NW
Gusts 25mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 62%
18:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 26%
Wind 13mph NNW
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 68%
21:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 4%
Wind 11mph NNW
Gusts 18mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 76%

Wednesday

00:00
Temp. 6°c
Rain 5%
Wind 9mph NNW
Gusts 16mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 80%
03:00
Temp. 5°c
Rain 5%
Wind 11mph NNW
Gusts 18mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 82%
06:00
Temp. 5°c
Rain 7%
Wind 11mph NNW
Gusts 18mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 82%
09:00
Temp. 7°c
Rain 11%
Wind 11mph NNW
Gusts 20mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 74%
12:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 16%
Wind 11mph NW
Gusts 18mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 65%
15:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 15%
Wind 11mph WNW
Gusts 20mph
UV Index 2
Humidity 65%
18:00
Temp. 9°c
Rain 12%
Wind 11mph WNW
Gusts 18mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 70%
21:00
Temp. 8°c
Rain 10%
Wind 11mph WNW
Gusts 18mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 77%

Data provided by the Met Office. Last updated: 4h ago. When considering Scafell Pike weather, take note that the conditions you encounter at the base of Scafell Pike may be vastly different from those you experience at its summit. Higher altitudes often bring colder temperatures, stronger winds, and decreased visibility. Therefore, it is always advisable to check the mountain weather forecast before you set off for your hike.

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