Scafell Pike - England's tallest peak

Monday, June 02, 2014

Last bank holiday weekend I climbed Scafell Pike. How energetic for a holiday you might think! My four friends and I covered the 10 mile distance up and down in just six hours, with a short lunch break at the top of Scafell Pike to take in the well earned view.

The thing that really stood out to me during this six-hour return climb was how spectacularly beautiful the English countryside is. It's not something I've ever really had the opportunity to appreciate living in London. So much greenery. And so many sheep! Lucky for us it was lambing season too - those little critters are so cute!

We stated our climb in Seathwaite following the corridor route, and then completed the loop returning via a north-east decent. If you want to follow this same trail all the info you need is here - climbing Scafell Pike.

We started our day full of energy...

Sheep on the farm at the start of our climb - climbing Scafell Pike, England

Starting out - climbing Scafell Pike, England

Cute lambs - climbing Scafell Pike, England
aren't these lambs adorable? 

Stone bridge - climbing Scafell Pike, England

Amazing view - climbing Scafell Pike, England

After one hour of effort we were rewarded with this view...

One third of the way up - climbing Scafell Pike, England

Sheep - climbing Scafell Pike, England

Half way - climbing Scafell Pike, England

We headed into the corridor hoping we were on the correct path, feeling optimistic... but with a lot climbing ahead of us...

Through the corridor - climbing Scafell Pike, England

Climbing Scafell Pike, England

Climbing Scafell Pike, England

Two hours later we arrived at the top (woop!), the clouds parted and we were treated with this amazing vista... It was time to sit down, enjoy some well earned lunch and pile the layers back on to keep warm...


View from the top - climbing Scafell Pike, England

And then it was time to finish the loop...

Yellow rocks - climbing Scafell Pike, England
crazy yellow rocks on the way down 

Heading down - climbing Scafell Pike, England

I was pretty tired on our walk down and didn't take too many pics. I can reassure you though that the view was just as pretty. Almost three hours later we arrived back at our parked car, ready for a hot meal and cold beer!

Have you climbed Scafell Pike or any of the 'three peaks'? What did you think?

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31 comments

  1. Oh wow - beautiful! I'd absolutely love to do this hike... especially if it were followed by a big serving of cottage pie. :)

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    1. We must be soul sisters! There's nothing like completing a long day hiking with some warm comfort food :)

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  2. Wow, those are some amazing views!

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  3. Those lambs are very adorable!

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    1. I know! The were super cute!

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  4. I can't wait to move to Norway to climb some peaks too! It's so boring to live in the plains....
    Anyways, gorgeous pictures!! :)

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    1. Thank you :) Your move to Norway sounds very exciting!

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  5. Those views are so beautiful! The lambs are all over Iceland right now as well and they are so adorable!

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    1. Thanks Kiki. Gotta love spring time right?

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  6. Your pictures are stunning - it's so refreshing to see so much green! I would love to do this hike!!

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  7. I can't believe this is the English countryside! Amazing! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Pretty huh? I was actually very blown away. Thanks for stopping by Sammy.

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  8. You captured some gorgeous pictures! The sky looks so blue.

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    1. Well it had some blue moments, but there was definitely a good mix of grey cloud as well. Makes for very dramatic photos :)

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  9. Wow fantastic pictures! What a great effort. It's definitely on my to-do list - maybe even the three peaks challenge! :D

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    1. I'm also considering three peaks - but think I might just split them up on different weekends to get max enjoyment :)

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  10. Wow that is gorgeous! Your pictures really show how breath-taking this must have all been! I'll definitely have to put this on my to do list when I'm back in the UK! I adore the sheep and lambs that are around as well :)

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    1. Thanks Camila :) I think doing the walk in Spring and having the lambs around really made it. They are just so darn cute!

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  11. Wow!!! So beautiful!! It's like out of a dream! I love the rugged landscape and the sheep popping out in each photo!

    - Elle

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  12. What incredible views! I'd love to do this climb and experience the gorgeous English countryside. Those landscapes are truly stunning!

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    1. Thanks Courtney. It honestly felt like I had walked into a painting. Amazing landscape :)

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  13. So gorgeous! And those beautiful, baby lambs awww :)

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  14. We climbed Ben Nevis last year - it was a tough hike too (8 hrs up and down for us with a few stops), but I was amazed at the number of people, young and old climbing! There were children scurrying up faster than me. Plus, even in late May, there was still snow at the top of the peak, which makes it feel a bit like a bigger mountain than it really is :)

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    1. Owww... sounds amazing. Ben Nevis is next on my list. Can't wait for the challenge!

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  15. Wow this made me want to go walking (I don't normallly say things like that he he!) http://thisluxlife.com/

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  16. wonderful! thanks for this. I recently climbed Scafell pike, last weekend. was great - loved the terrain and the views, weather was perfect too. We also started at Seathwaite farm, but took some other long route...would like to try the route you mentioned via the corridor, can I find it on the net anywhere? Here is my blog on scafell pike: http://earthandoak.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/summit-of-scafell-pike-lake-district/ was nice to see some of the same spots we passed in your pics! Been on Snowdon, hope to go up Ben Nevis next.

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  17. wow! that is really beautiful. Love the photos you took! Is the red on the lamp a marking?

    also, don't forget to link back to local adventurers so other people can hear about it too! Thanks for linking up! :)

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