Scafell – 964m


Come and walk Scafell – England’s and the Lake Districts second highest mountain. Scafell or Scawfell as it was once known is an extremely exciting and unique mountain in it’s own right. Although it can be summited without the use of climbing equipment, it has some of the best rock scenery the Lake District has to offer! Lord’s Rake, Mickledore, Fat man’s agony and Foxes tarn are a few of the iconic names and sights you will pass by on you’re day.


Check our route map out for starting points and further information. In detail, wherever we start, our route will incorporate getting to the col of Mickledore before dropping down to ascend the path to Foxes tarn. From here a steep climb leads to the summit of Scafell. Of course, like any summit we are only 50% there once at the top. And from here we will descend to the start of Lord’s Rake. This is an awesome piece scenery, which cuts along and traverses past the west wall of Scafell.

It’s in the name…

It’s meaning is said to derive from old Norse, and meaning either the fell with the shieling or the fell with the bald summit. It’s slightly larger neighbour Scafell Pike is visible on a clear day from the summit of Scafell. Scafell pike is a mere 14m higher. Check out our walking page to book or to find out more information.

Like all mountains Scafell commands respect, and like any mountain weather conditions can change when hiking Scafell.  Therefore we have a recommended kit list, which we will provide once booking has been confirmed. lords rake

Due to the walks length, Ideally you should be hovering around, or at our Bronze fitness level. This means you’ll get the most out of your time up Scafell.

Of course that said, we have guided people of all ages and abilities up this mountain, over our 2 decades of guiding in the hills of UK and Europe. Your day with us will be one that is fun and run by our highly experienced and qualified instructors.

Summer & Winter

Scafell is generally walked in the spring/summer months of the Lake District. Likewise it can be tackled in the winter months too. This is a different undertaking, as the days are shorter and colder. Snow also makes the journey far harder than the spring/summer months. In winter extra clothing is needed. Again full kit list will be sent out on booking confirmation. lords rake

If you are considering a winter ascent of Scafell, then we recommend a training day with us in preperation. In truth you will need to use crampons and ice axe to gain the summit. The ground via Foxes tarn and Lords Rake becomes a lot trickier in winter and you will need to have a confident approach to walking this mountain.


To illustrate the route up Scafell, please see our attached map. We have included one route showing the route starting in Wasdale. This by far is the quickest approach, but a longer drive to get there. We can also start the walk from Seathwaite in Borrowdale or Brotherilkeld  Of course Langdale could be an option but this would be a bigger day, and consequently require a higher level of fitness to achieve.

Furthermore you may be interested in trying something a little harder…? With that said, you may be interested in trying our Broad Stand scrambling day? Scrambling is the ground in-between walking and full blown Rock Climbing. As a result, the transition from hill walker, to scrambler is one, once tried you never quite look at walking in the same, and will seek out more devious ways up the mountain!

map showing scafell via lords rake and foxes tarn


Prices start from as little as £50 per person for a group of 4.

A £50 deposit is required to book a place. See our Contact and Pricing page for more details.

For larger groups of 8 persons please get in touch for pricing.

* Max group size is 8 persons for one instructor.

scrambling down lords-rake scafell