Three Peaks Challenge - SCAFELL PIKE
There are two main approaches to Scafell Pike, either from Wasdale or from Seathwite. The return route from Wasdale takes around 4 hours, from Seathwaite around 5 hours. However, travelling into Seathwaite reduces your overall drive time by around 1 hour...
Scafell Pike - From Wasdale
The second of your Three Peaks is Scafell Pike, at 998 metres. From Wasdale, the return trip via Lingmel Col is around 5 miles and should take most walkers somewhere in the region of 4 hours. Although well signposted on the lower areas, the upper part of Scafell Pike from Hollow Stones is not well defined, and difficult to follow in darkness or thick mist. Good navigational skills are required here.
The area is very rocky, with lots of loose boulders, and when wet can be very slippery. Many teams often spend longer on the descent than the climb, and extra care is needed.
What's The Scafell Pike route like?
This video by Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team shows nearly all of the route from Wasdale Head to Scafell Pike summit via Hollow Stones and Lingmel Col, one of the most popular Three Peaks Challenge routes.
Note to loose rocky surface, especially on the higher areas, and remember that this video was recorded in almost perfect conditions. Wasdale is one of the wettest valley's in England, and as such, you are much more likely to encounter damp and misty conditions - very often in darkness.
Scafell Pike - From Seathwaite
From Seathwaite, the challenge route has two options, but most walkers choose the Corridor Route, meeting the route from Wasdale at Lingmel Col. Taking slightly longer (around 5 hours) Seathwaite is easier to access from the M6, but still has very limited facilities. For both routes, please be considerate when arriving and departing, keep all noise to a minimum, and remove all rubbish. These are both sensitive areas with local residents often disturbed in the early hours by less responsible groups.
More Scafell Pike challenge information HERE