Saturday, 21 May 2016

Best Scafell Pike Walk Via Corridor Route From Seathwaite

A classic walking route in the Lake District this includes a scramble up the Corridor route from Seathwaite, passing crystal clear streams over varied terrain, standing proud at 978 meters Scafell Pike is the highest peak in England.

This walk takes in fantastic views and offers a true Wainwrights classic, rugged terrain makes for tough going and a great challenge. Allow 5-7 hours and prepare a backup plan in wet weather. The adventurous can attempt a scramble to the summit while the more conservative can opt for a steady jaunt up the Corridor route...

Best Scafell Pike Walk Via Corridor Route From Seathwaite

Starting point: Seathwaite, park up on roadside just before farmyard. Nearest postcode CA12 5XJ
Distance: 9 miles
Time: 5 hours to 7 hours
Highest point: 978 meters
Difficulty: Hard and not for the unfit. Difficult scramble and best avoided when wet
Terrain: Tough, rough and hard going
GPX Route: Download here

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Best Scafell Pike Walk - GoPro Video

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The Route and Photography

Pulling up in Seathwaite we abandoned Pete's Volvo roadside just shy of a farmyard. Passing directly through, with buildings either side the track soon opens out with water to your right. 


The next few miles are very simple, just carry on walking following the track over a bridge and begin uphill. Below is the view back with Aaron Craggs to the right in shadow.


The steady flow of water forms a consistent theme and seems entwined with the well trodden track for miles, named Styhead Gill it eventually opens out into Styhead Tarn.


Follow to the right of Styhead Tarn and continue on to the infamous Stretcher Box.


About 2.3 miles in you should reach the stretcher box which offers a minor navigational dilemma. We chose to turn left and head toward the Corridor route.


The terrain seems to get tougher with every step and more martian from here on out. Shortly after the Stretcher box you are confronted with a fork, take the right track upto the Corridor Route.


Stick to the track and enjoy the climb, it is not technically difficult but advanced enough to keep your brain in gear and with stunning views 360 degrees you will be hard pressed to find a better viewing range for the Lakes.


Below you can see our path snake around the Corridor Route. Note around 3.6 miles in your will find another folk in the track, here you have to assess your scrambling capabilities. If you want a steady haul to the top then turn right, following the track to turn left at the next two forks. If you fancy a challenge (and trust me its hard work) turn left and attempt the steep, scree scramble to Scafell Pike summit...do not try this in wet weather!


Our entire group turned left to try the scramble and half retreated back after reaching its base. The picture below does not do the loose scree and steep ascent justice. We chose the right hand scramble.


After what felt like the hardest 20 minutes slipping and sliding we turned right as the the rocky terrain levelled out bit by bit to Englands highest peak. Heres me and Bob by the summit marker. We then ran down to meet the others before summiting for a second time via the steadier Corridor Route.


Below is a view back along the steady route up. Its actually better to descend this way than ascend as the mountain views can be appreciated as opposed to blank skies and false summits...this is not the descent of our official route though, we'll cover that in a second.


Below are Bob and Pete soaking in the views and then friends sharing a laugh from the summit cairn.


From the summit head back in the general direction of your scramble ascent, but miss that out following the track around, this bit includes uncomfortable, rocky terrain but takes in some excellent views. Shortly after the descent and ascent shown below you should take the right fork heading between Broad Cragg and Ill Cragg, two summits I should have diverted to.


You should be faced with another fork, bare right here avoiding Great End and over the next few forks bare left back to the original ascent trail and Corridor Route shortly before the Stretcher Box.


Pictured right above is Esk Pike and below the track following Ruddy Gill to Sprinkling Tarn.


We'll finish the pictures off with our final view of water, very inviting after more than 9 miles and 7 hours.


An excellent walk with stunning scenery but not to be done without training and in wet weather. All our content, maps and routes are free to watch, read and download but we would appreciate a like and share on social media!
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