Difficulty

  • Strenuousness:
    2 (Short day)/5
  • Navigation:
    3/5
  • Technicality:
    4/5

Info

  • Terrain:
    Rough and rocky ground, grassy hillsides, bog and occasional exposure
  • Time:
    4.5 hours
  • Distance:
    9km /  6 miles
  • Total Ascent:
    900m
  • Starting Point:
    Wasdale Head
  • Nearest Town:
    Wasdale
  • Public Transport:
    Very difficult. The closest train station is Seascale. You may be able to get a taxi but there is no regular bus service.

Maps

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No route up Scafell Pike is easy, but the climb from Wasdale is the most direct and the shortest. Although that does mean you’re walking uphill from your first step, right up to the top!

Park at the Wasdale Head car park (OS ref: NY187085) and set off south-east along the public footpath across the valley floor to the footbridge (OS ref: NY189082) which crosses Lingmell Beck.

From the footbridge, follow the path southwards, climbing diagonally up the hillside until joining the main path up Lingmell Gill (OS ref: NY192074). Follow the path up (west) alongside Lingmell Gill for just over a kilometre until it splits (OS ref: NY203074) at an area known as Hollow Stones.

From here, take the left-hand path south-west, climbing steeply up towards Lingmell Col. The craggy mass of Scafell Pike will be rising on your right as you climb. From Lingmell Col (OS ref: NY210077), turn off the well-made path and head right (south) up Scafell Pike. Take the shallowest route between two crags, marked by cairns.

The path curves round to your left and finally reaches the boulder-strewn plateau at the summit of Scafell Pike, marked by a large cairn and trig point (OS ref: NY215073). You’ve reached Scafell Pike from Wasdale, give yourself a moment to take in the magnificent views and tranquillity.

The summit view from the top of Scafell Pike

From the summit, retrace your steps, following the path with its line of cairns to the north-west, descending slowly at first, then more steeply down towards Lingmell Col.

Follow the track downhill and west, back into Wasdale valley and where you started your walk. Although another mile along the valley floor to your north is the Wasdale Head Inn (OS ref: NY186088) – a well-earned refreshment stop might be in order.

Where to Park: The Wasdale Head Car Park

Embarking on your adventure to climb Scafell Pike from Wasdale begins at the heart of the picturesque Lake District – the Wasdale Head car park.

The initial stage of your journey to conquer Scafell Pike starts from the Wasdale Head car park. After safely parking your vehicle, your adventure on the highest peak in England commences. The car park, conveniently nestled at the base of the mountain, offers a perfect starting point.

Location: The car park’s geographical coordinates are approximately 54.4559791° N, 3.2620112° W.

Facilities: The Wasdale Head car park provides free toilets, and you’ll be able to refill water bottles.

Parking: It’s a pay-and-display car park costing £9 for the whole day unless you’re a member of the National Trust, in which case it’s free. It’s coin-only, so remember to carry some with you, but depending on where you arrive, you might be able to pay by card at the nearby Wasdale Campsite shop. Arrive early during peak seasons, as spaces can quickly fill up.

Also, note that you might struggle to get a mobile phone signal at the car park.

Where to Stay: The Wasdale Head Campsite

If you’re planning on climbing Scafell Pike from Wasdale, and if camping is your thing, setting up your base at the Wasdale Head Campsite is highly recommended. Nestled right in the heart of the Lake District, this campsite offers a perfect balance of natural beauty and convenience, all just a stone’s throw away from the start of your hike.

The campsite provides a wide selection of pitches, catering to tents, campervans and motorhomes alike. You’ll find that each pitch comes with ample space, ensuring you’re not cramped and can enjoy your stay comfortably.

Where to Stay: The Wasdale Head Inn

The Wasdale Head Inn is an ideal base for your Scafell Pike adventure. This historic inn in the valley heart is known for its warm hospitality and rich climbing heritage.

Find out more.

Wasdale Weather Forecast

The data for the weather forecast for Wasdale 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 coordinates (lat: 54.468, long: -3.2559).

Today

00:00
Temp. 12°c
Rain 0%
Wind 2mph N
Gusts 11mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 82%
03:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 3%
Wind 2mph S
Gusts 16mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 83%
06:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 19%
Wind 9mph SSW
Gusts 20mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 88%
09:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 9%
Wind 13mph SSW
Gusts 25mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 82%
12:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 14%
Wind 13mph SSW
Gusts 27mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 75%
15:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 16%
Wind 13mph SSW
Gusts 27mph
UV Index 3
Humidity 80%
18:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 65%
Wind 13mph SSW
Gusts 25mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 85%
21:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 90%
Wind 9mph SSW
Gusts 20mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 94%

Tomorrow

00:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 86%
Wind 7mph SW
Gusts 16mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 96%
03:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 43%
Wind 4mph WSW
Gusts 9mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 93%
06:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 4%
Wind 4mph W
Gusts 9mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 88%
09:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 2%
Wind 9mph WSW
Gusts 13mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 78%
12:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 1%
Wind 11mph SW
Gusts 20mph
UV Index 7
Humidity 74%
15:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 1%
Wind 11mph SW
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 5
Humidity 73%
18:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 14%
Wind 13mph SSW
Gusts 22mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 78%
21:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 18%
Wind 11mph SSW
Gusts 20mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 89%

Sunday

00:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 20%
Wind 11mph SW
Gusts 20mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 93%
03:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 24%
Wind 9mph WSW
Gusts 16mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 92%
06:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 19%
Wind 7mph W
Gusts 11mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 87%
09:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 8%
Wind 7mph WSW
Gusts 13mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 80%
12:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 4%
Wind 11mph SW
Gusts 18mph
UV Index 7
Humidity 79%
15:00
Temp. 16°c
Rain 2%
Wind 9mph SW
Gusts 16mph
UV Index 5
Humidity 76%
18:00
Temp. 16°c
Rain 1%
Wind 7mph SW
Gusts 13mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 77%
21:00
Temp. 14°c
Rain 1%
Wind 4mph SW
Gusts 9mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 88%

Monday

00:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 2%
Wind 4mph S
Gusts 7mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 88%
03:00
Temp. 13°c
Rain 4%
Wind 4mph SSE
Gusts 7mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 87%
06:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 4%
Wind 7mph S
Gusts 9mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 85%
09:00
Temp. 17°c
Rain 5%
Wind 9mph SSW
Gusts 13mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 83%
12:00
Temp. 17°c
Rain 4%
Wind 9mph SW
Gusts 16mph
UV Index 7
Humidity 82%
15:00
Temp. 18°c
Rain 2%
Wind 9mph SW
Gusts 16mph
UV Index 5
Humidity 81%
18:00
Temp. 17°c
Rain 0%
Wind 7mph SW
Gusts 11mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 82%
21:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 1%
Wind 4mph SW
Gusts 7mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 90%

Tuesday

00:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 2%
Wind 4mph S
Gusts 7mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 91%
03:00
Temp. 15°c
Rain 7%
Wind 4mph SE
Gusts 7mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 92%
06:00
Temp. 16°c
Rain 7%
Wind 4mph E
Gusts 7mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 91%
09:00
Temp. 17°c
Rain 6%
Wind 4mph NW
Gusts 9mph
UV Index 3
Humidity 86%
12:00
Temp. 18°c
Rain 8%
Wind 7mph NW
Gusts 13mph
UV Index 6
Humidity 81%
15:00
Temp. 19°c
Rain 8%
Wind 7mph NW
Gusts 11mph
UV Index 4
Humidity 80%
18:00
Temp. 18°c
Rain 7%
Wind 7mph NW
Gusts 9mph
UV Index 1
Humidity 82%
21:00
Temp. 17°c
Rain 8%
Wind 7mph W
Gusts 9mph
UV Index 0
Humidity 89%

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.

Frequently asked questions about Scafell Pike from Wasdale Head

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