Straight to business – let’s begin with a suggested route up Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, standing proudly at a height of 978 metres, or 3,209 feet.

Scafell Pike ascent from Wasdale

The following route will probably take you about 5-6 hours; make sure you take all the necessary clothing, equipment, food, water and knowledge! Map and compass, and proficiency in their use, are essential.

The Wasdale Head Car Park provides the starting point – it’s owned by the National Trust and you should always check local parking restrictions before leaving your car. Proceed along the road up the valley, passing Wastwater, and over the bridge past Lingmell Beck. Look out for a campsite, where you should find a car park, and then go south east and across a bridge (crossing Lingmell Gill), turning left again on the other side. Head for the Brackenclose climbing hut.

A short while later you should turn left and again cross a bridge over Lingmell Gill; then take a right turn and go up a steep path along Lingmell Gill’s northern side. Just under a mile later the path crosses the Gill again, before going over Brown Tongue and Hollow Stones. Less than half a mile later you have a fork in the path and a choice to make.

A fast route heads east, and then north east, up to Lingmell Coll and continues along the ascent path to the summit of Scafell Pike.

An alternative and less direct route goes right and south east in the direction of the path to Mickledore Col. Loose scree appears underfoot and you should be prepared to take very great care. You will come out on top of Mickledore Col, which lies between Scafell and Scafell Pike. You will want to take a left turn, heading north east up Scafell Pike. After the path passes the mountain rescue stretcher box, it goes over some boulders and reaches the fantastic summit of Scafell Pike – congratulations, you’ve reached the top of England!

To descend, carefully retrace your steps. We will post some more routes of ascent and descent very shortly – keep checking back for updates!

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