Sat 27th August 2022
Date
1 Walking Day
Duration
Lake District
Location
4
Grade
16
Min Age

Scafell Pike Mountain Day Walk

An incredibly scenic mountain day walk of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain peak. Starting in the Lake Districts Borrowdale valley, 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.

Highlights

  • Fully guided mountain walk
  • Reaching the summit of England’s highest mountain
  • High passes, mountain tarns, and remote mountain scenery
  • A Wainwright walk
INCLUDED
Fully guided mountain walk Experienced guide
NOT INCLUDED
Meals and drinks
Accommodation

 

Accommodation for this trip is not included. For accommodation information and all essential trip information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.

1

Saturday –Walk Day

Grade 4 walk – Scafell Pike 9.5 miles (15.2km), with 3200 ft (976m) of ascent

We start our day by meeting at 9.30am at Seathwaite Farm (nr Borrowdale), Cumbria

Starting from Seathwaite the ascent to Scafell Pike is steady, with unrivalled mountain views in every direction. 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.

Mountain walking experience is desirable, but overall, a good level of general fitness and the ability to walk for several hours over rocky, undulating terrain, is needed to complete the Scafell Pike circuit.

Essential Info

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included as part of this trip.

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.

Transport

For guided walking holidays that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the trip price.

Fitness Levels

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 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

Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.

Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.

Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.

Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.

Kit List

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. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly 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.

Meeting Point

Walk Day – 9.30am please meet at the main entrance to Seathwaite Farm

Address: Seathwaite Farm National Trust Car Park, Seathwaite, CA12 5XJ

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