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Scafell Pike and Bowfell

   Langdale, Lake District

written by Sam Harrison on 2012-10-11

Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2100 m
Grade: Strenous and long with a lot of ascent

This is a bit of a classic route from Langdale and, in my opinion, one of the best ways up England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

From the Stickle Barn, take the Cumbria Way that leads up Langdale and through Mickleden, before starting the strenous ascent to Angle Tarn. Once at Angle Tarn, continue on the same past, straight through Esk Hause, until a path branches off to the left just after Sprinkling Tarn. This is the Corridor Route, which can then be taken to reach the summit of Scafell Pike.

Descend Scafell Pike via Broad Crag and Great End, and in good weather it's well worth sticking on the rocky scrambly sections to bag the summits (if for no other reason to avoid the hoards of tourists ascending Scafell Pike this way). At Esk Hause, branch of south east up Esk Pike's north-western ridge, and following this well-cairned path over Bowfell. Either descend back to Langdale or continue onto Crinkle Crags and Pike o' Blisco.