Scafell Pike and Lingmell
TWO WAINWRIGHT circular walk: Scafell Pike and Lingmell
Time: 5 - 6 hours
Parking: at Wasdale Head - free spaces available on the Green (Grid Ref: NY 187085) or paid spaces at the National Trust Lake Head Car Park (Grid Ref: NY 182075)
|Scafell Pike and Lingmell from Great Gable|
|Strava estimates a walking distance of around 14km, but with over 1000m of ascent|
|In case you don't know where you are aiming for ...|
|Pulpit Rock from Mickledore|
|Broad Stand blocks the onward route from the col to Scafell|
|Leave Broad Stand to the rock climbers!|
10. The route in the other direction, north-east over the rocks and boulders that cover the top of Scafell Pike, is, however, straightforward enough. So, now follow the path up to the top of this rocky plateau.
|Follow the path from Mickledore to the top of Scafell Pike|
|Looking back down to Mickledore as you ascend over the rocks|
12. Although not the most direct route, if you have time, it's worth taking a detour to those western crags to take in the view over Hollow Stones and Wast Water.
|Scafell from the south peak|
|The view along the ridge to Ill Crag|
|The River Esk flowing south towards Hardknott|
|Wast Water and the west coast from the South Peak|
16. To continue to Lingmell, retrace your steps to the main summit platform area and then head west, beyond the triangulation column. This time, don't turn down back towards Mickledore, but take the path heading north-west across the rocks towards Lingmell Col.
|Head down to the col and then up the fell ahead of you|
|Head east above the old stone wall to the top of Piers Gill|
|Great Gable from the Piers Gill path|
23A. The gill, and the path, takes a sharp turn to the right underneath Lingmell Crag and then continues to descend, now in a north-easterly direction. The going is fairly, straightforward apart from one section where there is a short steeper descent over a stretch of rock.
|Looking back up the valley between Great Gable and Lingmell|
|On the ridge between Great End and Ill Crag|