Overview of Scafell Pike:
Scafell Pike is the highest peak in England and part of the three peak challenge! The three peak challenge consists of hiking the three highest peaks in Scotland, Wales & England in 24 hours. While thats a bit crazy it is fun to do on a long weekend! The easiest place to start the hike is from Wasdale Head. Though the mountain is remote the views are breath taking.
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Time and Cost:
- Entrance to Mountain: Free
- Parking Costs: Free
- Time Needed: 5-6 Hours
- Distance: 9.65 km/ 6 mi (Up & Down)
- Trail Type: Round Trip
- Rain Coat during the rainy season
- Snacks & Lunch to enjoy during the hike
The only real way to get to the base of Scafell Pike is by car. There are no local buses or public transportation that drop you off at the base. The post code for Scafell Pike is CA20 1EX. This brings you to the Wasdale Head, one of the easier trails to start your hike up to the top.
You should start your hike as early as possible as the weather can quickly change and often it can get dark very fast. The visibility is low at the top of the mountain so the more light you have the better. Summer months are the best due to the snow that accumulates at the top of the mountain during the Fall and Winter.
From the Wasdale Head free car park, follow the road to the footpath. Here you will see a footbridge that you must cross. Then continue onwards along the path to Lingmell Gill. Once at the post for Lingmell Gill bear to the left and head uphill. You will then cross a river and pass on to Brown Tongue. From here continue on the trail till you are at the peak of Scafell Pike.
In the end the trail is well marked and chances are a lot of people will be hiking, especially on the weekends. So get there early before to get a parking spot and beat the crowds!
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