National 3 Peaks Route up Scafell Pike
Distance: 8.73 km
Ascent: 910 m
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National 3 Peaks Route up Scafell Pike Details
Scafell pike is the highest mountain in England at 978m in height and is the second peak on the National 3 Peak Challenge – unless you’ve got some really strange ideas! It is usually ascended from Wasdale, while other ascents from Borrowdale / Seathwaite and Langdale are quicker by road and so reduces travel time between all peaks, they’re significantly tougher propositions as well!
Here’s our rundown of the Scafell Pike section of the National 3 peaks challenge, outlining all the options. Click on the route title for more details.
Why the Wasdale Path is Good for the three peaks Challenge
Choosing the Wasdale Path for the Scafell Pike leg of your 3 peaks challenge is the sensible option. It’s the quickest, shortest and most popular route. There’s a large car park at the beginning as well. There’s a catering cabin at the car park as well, so breakfast baps all round!
Why the Wasdale Path is not so Good for the three peaks Challenge
Everyone and their dog seems to do this path. Minibuses clogging up the narrow lanes approaching Wasdale Head are the bane of locals.
Verdict: Why buck the trend? Quickest and shortest Scafell Pike 3 peak route.
Why the corridor route from Seathwaite is Good for the three peaks Challenge
The Corridor route from Seathwaite up Scafell Pike is a longer route through varying and spectacular terrain. There’s also a bit of scrambling to boot. It’ll cut travel time significantly, as Seathwaite is 4hrs 55mins from Fort William, while Wasdale is 5hrs 35 and Wasdale to Pen y Pass is 4hrs 23 mins but only 4 hours from Seathwaite. Seathwaite saves a potential hour on the road.
Why the corridor route from Seathwaite is not so Good for the three peaks Challenge
At 15km, it’s a good 5km longer. So that hour saved on the road will be lost!
Verdict: The scenic route, as well as the slightly longer route.
Why the approach from Langdale is Good for the three peaks Challenge
It’s a proper mountain day out, not a simple up and down!It’s 5hrs 15min from Fort William and only 3 hours 35minutes from Pen y Pass, so you’ll shave some time from the road trip.
Why the approach from Langdale is not so Good for the three peaks Challenge
It’s waaaay too long at 18km, and involves too many other summits in between.
Why the southern approach is Good for the three peaks Challenge
You’ll miss the crowds, as well as avoiding the parking issues that you may encounter in Wasdale.
Why the southern approach is not so Good for the three peaks Challenge
It’s still 5hrs 3o mins from Fort William, similar to Wasdale, and 3 hours 50mins from Pen y Pass – about half an hour shorter than Wasdale. It’s also a lengthy approach as a 17km round trip.
Find out all about Scafell Pike on Walk up Scafell Pike – our website dedicated to England’s Highest mountain.