Meet at the National Trust Car Park, Wasdale, Wasdale Head, Seascale CA20 1EX at 9am on 20 March with a view to returning to the start point by 5pm at the latest. The car park costs £8 for the day, please bring change for this.
The ascent path, locally called the Brown Tounge path or commonly the Tourist route, climbs the 900 meters to the summit and covers a distance of 4.5 km (9 km total distance). The descent is the ascent path.
The first kilometre is general uphill walking that leads to the only stream crossing of any mention using stepping stones; it is very shallow in dry to light rain. The second kilometre is steeper and on a stepped path, the third kilometre is across an area locally known as Hollow Stones and is an easy angle ascent onto a winding path to an area known as Lingmell Col. The last kilometre starts with a 500 metre steep ascent that eases off to the plateau and the summit cairn.
The route will take between 3 to 3½ hours to ascend and roughly 3 to 3½ hours to descend. The ascent path is in good condition but steep in places, a shallow river has to be crossed using stepping-stones. Please note the path is loose underfoot in places.
It is physically demanding, so you will need to be a reasonable level of fitness and suitably equipped.
We will be led by guide David Thompson who is a qualified mountain leader from Cumbria Ventures; he is also a member of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.Read more about what you can expect on Scafell Pike here
On all of our treks we adhere to the Natural England countryside code
Suggested Kit list
Please remember that the weather can be very changeable; make sure you have the right clothing! You may also wish to bring a small amount of money for any café we might find.
Please wear/bring along
- Footwear: walking boots preferably with decent ankle support
- Base layer: wicking top, a cotton t-shirt is not recommended
- Mid layer: fleece/thermal
- Walking trousers, tracksuit bottoms or cargo pants (not jeans)
- Waterproofs: jacket and over-trousers
- Gloves, hat, scarf/buff
- Spare clothing in case you get wet/cold (minimum of another fleece/thermal and gloves)
- Small rucksack
- Food and drink for the day (plenty of water!) – extra energy-giving food for emergencies
- Sun cream/lip salve (depending on the weather)
- Sun protection ie sunglasses, sun hat
- Personal medication (asthma inhaler etc.)
Please note all items are carried at your own risk and not covered under any insurance.
Burnthwaite Farm B&B
All the above are located at the head of the valley and close to the start point.
Download the full itinerary, kit list and FAQs here