Scafell Summit
Scafell Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Lake District, Scafell

A Few Facts About Scafell

Location -
Scafell (also spelt Sca Fell) was previously known as Scawfell. It is located in the Southern Fells of the Lake District. It's height of 964 metres (3,163 feet) makes it the second highest mountain in England after Scafell Pike from which it is separated by the col of Mickledore. Scafell stands between Wasdale in the west and upper Eskdale to the east. The highest part of the fell is a ridge running south from Mickledore as far as Slight Side which is counted as a separate fell by most guidebooks. Despite regarding Slight Side as a separate entity Wainwright included the wide upland area beyond it to the south west as a part of Scafell. More modern guides have partitioned the plateau off as a further independent top Great How.

Ascents -
Scafell is quite a difficult peak to climb especially from the precipitous northern and eastern sides. The traverse of the ridge between Scafell Pike and Scafell is especially difficult because steep cliffs prevent a direct walking route. The classic ascent via Lord's Rake path from Wastwater is now threatened by unstable rocks following a rock fall in 2001. This route is really not recommended especially for non-experienced walkers / scramblers. A pleasant but lengthy alternative begins from Boot in Eskdale following the River Esk upstream and scrambling up to the summit by way of Foxes Tarn. A gentler return can be made across moorland by way of the Burnmoor Tarn. Also starting in Eskdale, the Terrace route can be followed from Wha House first ascending Slight Side. Scafell Crag the massive north buttress of Scafell is one of England's largest cliffs and has many famous rock climbs.

Summit -
The main summit bears a large cairn on a short rocky ridge. Northward is a saddle, marked by a large cross of stones and then the bouldery climb to Symonds Knott the north top. This gives views straight down to Mickledore. Scafell gives a very different view to that from its higher neighbour with Wastwater and the coastal plain given great prominence. There is a fine vista of the Western Fells together with Bowfell and the Coniston Fells.
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Furth, Hewitt, HuMP, Nuttall, Sim, Southern Fell, Synge, Trail 100, Wainwright

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