Scafell Pike from Langdale

Scafell Pike from Langdale

Scafell Pike from Langdale

Scafell Pike from Langdale

About the Route

Great Langdale lays claim to have the most viewed skyline in The Lake District, that of the Langdale Pikes. And what a skyline it is.
Our route to Scafell Pike begins at the foot of the Langdale Pikes at the traditional walkers & climbers pub, The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. We initially follow the Cumbria Way before climbing beneath Bowfell to reach Angle Tarn. Here we are rewarded with amazing mountain scenery all around and the prospect of more gentle terrain ahead, for a while!

Onwards toward Esk Hause brings us to the stone wind-shelter, a good place for a rest and snack before more easy going terrain takies us to Esk Hause proper. Here we not only glimpse our onward route, but also gain views to the Great Moss and beyond, for a real wilderness feel.

The path soon becomes very rocky, with boulders everywhere as we gain the Scafell Plateau at Ill Crag. From here to the summit of Scafell Pike the terrain is rough but rarely steep. We pass the summit of Broad Crag along the way.

Return is via the same route. Trust us when we say it will feel completely different.


scafell pike from langdale

Quick Facts

Starting point is at The National Trust car park opposite The Old Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale

How far is it?  About 12 miles / 19km

How long will it take? Between 6 – 8 hours

How much ascent?   Around 1000 metres

Level of difficulty:  High

What’s the terrain like?  Long sections of almost flat walking on wide tracks, interspersed with steeper sections on smaller paths. As with the other routes, paths deteriorate as we near the summit of Scafell Pike.


Is it for me?

  • This is another big mountain day, so pick this one if you’re a fit and active walker well used to uneven and steep terrain. It’s necessary to remain flexible on actual route choice once we’re out due to the length of this walk. So keep an open mind on what summits we visit.
  • Perfect for regular walkers used to being in the mountains and wanting a longer day out.
  • Not a 3 peaks route.
  • Easy access if staying in the Ambleside / Windermere areas.


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