Scafell Pike from Eskdale

Scafell Pike from Eskdale

Scafell Pike from Eskdale

Scafell Pike from Eskdale

About the Route

For many of us, to arrive in Eskdale involves driving over the Wrynose & Hardknott passes. The Hardknott being the steepest road in the country! So the adventure will have began even before the walk does. Be sure you’re happy to drive this road prior to deciding on this route.

We follow good footpaths alongside the river Esk, this leads us fairly easily into the wilderness area of The Great Moss. The immense beauty can be overpowering and it certainly compensates for the wet feet you by now probably have.

Much of this section is flat, so apart from some ‘bog-hopping’ the walking is easy enough. After passing the impressive Dow Crag – or Esk Buttress as it’s more commonly known – we ascend to the summits.

From Scafell Pike the return is via Mickledore or Little Narrowcove to arrive back onto The Great Moss near to Sampsons Stones. These are an interesting formation of boulders set slightly above the boggy ground and they form a useful landmark for our return walk.

views over lake district

Quick Facts

Starting point is near Brotherilkeld farm, Eskdale

How far is it? 10 miles / 16km

How long will it take? Between 6 & 8 hours

How much ascent? Around 900 metres

Level of difficulty: High

What’s the terrain like? Some of the route follows good footpaths, there are large sections of quite boggy terrain (definitely wear walking boots). Therefore, we recommend this route be saved for a dry spell and only attempted during the summer months.

Is it for me?

  • You’re staying in / near to Eskdale and want a more challenging mountain day.
  • You’ll be happy with uneven ground that is frequently boggy.
  • You enjoy wide open landscapes and stunning scenery.
  • Prefer to be away from crowds.
  • Have walked in the mountains on previous occasions.

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