Scafell Pike from Eskdale

Climbing Scafell Pike (978m, 3208ft) from Eskdale is the least used route which is also its best attribute. You really get the feel of mountain remoteness as you go up alongside the River Esk with Scafell to the left and Bowfell to the right.

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On this route the bulk of the climb comes in the last section.

It is a similar distance to the Seathwaite route however as sections underfoot can be wetter and rougher it takes a similar amount of time.

At the summit of Scafell Pike we join the masses of those who have taken the other route, then head back down into the beautiful wilderness of Eskdale.


  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified Mountain Leaders
  • Group First Aid kit with Qualified First Aider(s)
  • Knowledge & Insight on Mountain Flora & Fauna

  • Information on Local Landscape and History


  • Travel to & from start
  • Personal equipment
  • Food & drinks

Itinerary & Kit List

All walks start at 0900 unless otherwise stated or agreed. All details will be emailed to you after booking.

This walk starts at Jubilee Bridge car park, Eskdale which is 1km west of Hardknott Fort and 4km east of Boot village.

Kit List

The following essential kit is required for this walk. Once a booking has been made, further advice on kit will be included. This may include tips and recommendations, and suggestions on less vital ‘nice to have’ kit.

Suitable walking boots or shoes.

General hill walking boots with ankle support and sole unit with good grip are ideal.

Waterproof jacket and trousers.

The jacket should have a hood. Shell jackets or insulated waterproof jackets are both good. Insulated ones can determine your choice of clothing.

Suitable clothes for walking.

Wear what works for you, but not jeans! Walking trousers are ideal. A non cotton base layer with wicking properties helps keep you dry and comfortable.

Spare warm top.

A fleece or warm jumper/jacket that you can carry or stow easily is advised.


Snacks as well as a light prepared lunch are ideal. Some easily portable fruit is recommended.

Water/ drink.

Bottle or ‘bladder’ with at least 1 litre capacity.

Hat and gloves.

The temperature at the walk start may be ambient, but can then be biting cold on the summit – be prepared!

Fitness & Health

For some this can be a strenuous walk, and conditions can change quickly, which can make the walk harder. You nee to have a basic level of fitness and for some this will involve training beforehand. Feel free to discuss it with us before you book! On booking, we will provide advice on any training requirements depending on your needs.