Saturday, 1 July 2000

Scafell Pike

The mighty Scafell Pike
Height: 978m (3,209ft)
Prominence: 912m (2,992ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: Country Top, County Top, Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Marilyn, Hardy, Birkett
Summit feature: Large platform & trig pillar
Times climbed: 6
Related trip reports:
Scafell Pike & Scafell via Pen & Lord's Rake - 01/07/2018
Scafell Pike via Piers Gill - 17/06/2018
An Eskdale Round - 06/08/2016
Scafell Pike - 16/01/2016
Scafell Pike & Great End - 08/09/2014
Scafell Pike & Lingmell - 08/06/2013
The busy summit platform on Scafell Pike
What Wainwright said:

“The difference between a hill and a mountain depends on appearance, not on altitude and is thus a matter of opinion. Grass predominates a hill, rock on a mountain. In the case of Scafell Pike, opinions must agree that here is a mountain without a doubt. Roughness and ruggedness are the necessary attributes, and the Pike has these in greater measure than other high ground in the country which is just as it should be, for there is no higher ground than this"

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and the highest ground for over 90 miles. This leads to its popularity with a wide range of people and many charity eventers. The summit can be very busy and you may have to wait your turn to climb the Victorian platform on the summit.

The summit is very wide and stony and, despite being the highest ground in England, views from the very top can be obscured. Views from the edges of the plateau are much better and take in all the major groups of fells in all directions. The view of Scafell is particularly impressive.

The summit is actually managed by the National Trust after it was donated to them by Lord Leaconfield in 1919 in memory of those "who fell for God and King, for freedom, peace and right in the Great War"

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