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Mid Western Fells

Skafell Pike and Wast Water

Skafell Pike

At 3210 feet, Skafell Pike is England’s highest mountain. There are several routes to the summit. From Seathwaite, it is possible to go via Esk Hause or by the Guides Route; the two routes diverge at Stockley Bridge. The latter route is longer but is an easier, less tedious climb. It is a good idea to climb Scafell by this easier route and descend by the Esk Hause route.

From the summit is a wonderful view including Windermere, Derwentwater and Wastwater and including peaks such as Pillar and Great Gable. There are various rough climbs around the various aspects of Scafell, some of which should never be attempted in bad weather. This includes the climb up and down Lord’s Rake.


The route to the summit of 2960 feet high Bowfell begins at Stake Pass and then cuts across Gavel moor. The ground can be rather boggy up here and care should be taken until the track up Rossett Gill is reached. This is close to Angle Tarn. Past the foot of the tarn is a gap between two fells, known as Ewer Gap. From here there is a good footpath to the top of the fell.

It is possible to descend via Esk Pike and Esk Hause and then to drop down past Sprinkling Tarn to Seathwaite. The walk is strenuous, but with rewarding views.

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