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A Wainwright Walk With Julia Bradbury: Scafell Pike

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Scafell Pike
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Scafell Pike
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Scafell Pike
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Scafell Pike
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Scafell Pike
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Route With A View
Standing tall at 3210ft, Scafell in the highest mountain in England. There are many routes you can do up it – this is the one that featured in Julia’s BBC series of Wainwright Walks.

We’re starting at Seathwaite Farm near Seatoller and heading in a southerly direction, following the Derwent River until we get to Stockley Bridge.

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Here things start to get steeper as we head up Grains Gill, continuing up the to the plateau at Esk Hause. If you’ve brought a picnic with you – this is the perfect place to stop for a while and enjoy it.

When you’re ready we’re heading west up the back of Great End and then head up to the rocky Scafell Ridge.

This is the last section of the trail, you will walk up past Ill Crag and Broad Crag and then onto Scafell Pike!

Our walk finishes at the summit, the highest point in England where you almost feel like you’re standing on top of the world. From here you’ll either need to retrace your steps or consult your map to get you to your next destination.

Carpark: Wasdale Car park, Seascale CA20 1EX

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