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The Scafells from Wasdale Head
Introduction to Walk 2718

Photo from the walk - The Scafells from Wasdale Head

Nat Park - Lake District

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Peter Smyly

Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km

Ascent - 4000 feet / 1212 metres

Grade - mod/hard

The Scafells, or Scafell Pike and Scafell to be more precise, lie at the head of dramatic Wasdale. The route offered here provides the most efficient way of visiting both summits in a circular walk and offers the walker some very dramatic rock scenery as you walk amidst the crags of the Scafells. 

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Walks from the same start

Walk 1126
The Mosedale Horseshoe from Wasdale Head
Grade - hard
Length - 11.5 miles / 18.7 km
Walk 1246
Black Sail Pass & Beck Head from Wasdale Head
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 2034
Scafell from Wasdale Head
Grade - hard
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Walk 2800
The Scafells via Piers Gill
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Walk 2900
Pillar (by the High Level Path) from Wasdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km

Other walks nearby

Walk 1176
1.6 miles / 2.5 km away
Yewbarrow from Wasdale
Grade - moderate
Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Walk 2341
1.6 miles / 2.5 km away
A circuit of Nether Beck and Over Beck from Wasdale
Grade - hard
Length - 11.3 miles / 18.3 km
Walk 1690
1.6 miles / 2.5 km away
Netherbeck Horseshoe - Middle Fell, Steeple & Red Pike
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 12.5 miles / 20.3 km
Walk 1303
3.2 miles / 5.2 km away
Buckbarrow, Seatallan & Middle Fell
Grade - moderate
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1114
3.8 miles / 6.1 km away
Scafell Pike from Seathwaite via Corridor Route
Grade - hard
Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km
Walk 1236
3.8 miles / 6.1 km away
Styhead Tarn and Seathwaite Fell
Grade - moderate
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1306
3.8 miles / 6.1 km away
Base Brown & Great Gable from Seathwaite
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 2046
3.8 miles / 6.1 km away
Great End via the north west face from Seathwaite
Grade - very hard
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1826
3.8 miles / 6.1 km away
Green Gable & Gillercomb Horseshoe from Seathwaite
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Walk 1692
3.8 miles / 6.1 km away
Great End & Glaramara from Seathwaite
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 7.7 miles / 12.5 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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