Small group of walkers on Scafell Pike with Lake District hills in background

Scafell Pike Circular Walk

Scafell Pike Circular Walk

This popular route has awe-inspiring views over Wast Water, a steep rocky hillside and plenty of wildlife watching along the way. Climbing Scafell Pike is a must-do for any of you keen hikers to check off your bucket list.


You can reach the Scafell Pike summit on this circular walking trail that leads from Wasdale Head Car Park through dramatic crags and rocky terrain.  

It is a straightforward yet challenging route so sturdy footwear that protects your ankles is advised. The weather can also change quickly, so be sure to pack layers, waterproofs, food and water.  

Scafell Pike itself reaches 978m and is the most prominent mountain in England, taking around 3-4 hours to climb. Note: The paths are not waymarked or signposted. 



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  • Pay-and-display car park  
  • Walking 
  • Hiking 
  • Scrambling 
  • Wildlife 
  • Lake  
  • Views 


  1. Take the trail from Wasdale Head Car Park for Scafell Pike, and head in a northeast direction up towards Burnthwaite Farm B&B. 
  2. Join the Moses Trod, which is a high-level path climbing a steady course. You will be alongside the bending waters of Lingmell Beck. 
  3. Turn right and head along the ‘Corridor Route’ in a southern direction. 
  4. Work your way up the steep, rocky terrain until you arrive at the viewpoint atop Scafell Pike. 
  5. Follow the path down the steep hillside and continue along the trail. 
  6. You will cross a section of Lingmell Beck towards the end of this route.
  7. After this, make a right at the end of the trail back to Wasdale Head Car Park.  


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