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Scafell Pike Day Hike
Reach the summit of England’s highest mountain with our guided Scafell Pike day hike. The summit of Scafell Pike offers breathtaking panoramic vistas. On a clear day, you may even be able to see as far as Scotland and Wales.
- Scafell Pike fully guided mountain walk
- Reaching the summit of England’s highest mountain
- High passes, mountain tarns, and remote mountain scenery
CHALLENGING (Grade 4) – Longer walks on defined and undefined tracks with sustained ascents and descents on hill and mountain terrain. Mountain walks will have steep ups and downs with rocky terrain including ridges and scree in some sections.
Accommodation for this trip is not included. For all essential day walk information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Saturday – Mountain Walk
Walk: Grade 4 – Scafell Pike from Seathwaite
Distance 9.5 miles (15.3km)
Total Ascent 3016 ft (919m)
An incredibly scenic mountain day walk of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain peak. Starting in Seathwaite in Borrowdale, the route to Scafell Pike encounters many highlights from walking under Great Gable, another classic Lakeland fell, stopping at Styhead Tarn and walking through the well-known ‘Corridor Route’, and that’s before we reach the rewarding summit of Scafell Pike. The circular route to Scafell Pike is mostly on good footpaths, the conditions underfoot are uneven and rocky in places, but we’ll take our time to navigate safely across the broken ground.
The duration of the day’s walk can be up to 6+hours depending on the day, and will finish back at Seathwaite Farm.
Parking at Seathwaite Farm
Seathwaite Farm Campsite & Camping Barn offers all parking for £5. It can get very busy with cars down at Seathwaite, so we recommend arriving early in the morning to secure a parking space. Alternative National Trust parking is available at Seatoller, just over a mile from Seathwaite.
Food & Drink
For the walk, please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. At least 2 litres of fluids, and slow releasing items such as cereal bars or nuts, is recommended.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging, or Tough Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
CHALLENGING (GRADE 4)
7 – 15 miles | Total Ascent 1000 – 4000 ft
Longer walks on defined and undefined tracks with sustained ascents and descents on moorland, hill or mountain terrain. Mountain walks will have steep ups and downs with rocky terrain including ridges and scree in some sections.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification on any of the equipment requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.
Trip Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. Walks will leave at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled trips, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Walk Day – 9.45am Please meet at the main entrance to Seathwaite Farm
Address: Seathwaite Farm National Trust Car Park, Seathwaite, CA12 5XJ