Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain and was formerly named `The Pikes or `The Pikes of Scawfell'. It features in Wainwrights top six mountains and it's easy to see why.The grand crags along route are a marvel to look at. Dow Crag, know to climbers as Esk Butteress is a 400ft near vertical crag rising from the fellside low on the mountains eastern flank. The views overlooking the River Esk are fantastic.
The mountain its self is rugged and rough with three principal summits above 3,000 feet. The lesser two, Broad Crag and III Crag are approximately 160 feet lower than Scarfell Pike but present yet more varied views of the surrounding fells. Head to Broad Crag if you want to escape the crowds. Its summit is rarely visited as it is off the main path but it's one of the roughest summits in Lakeland so it feels much like mountainous terrain. Ill Crag is the third of the Scarfell Pikes and the most shapely. Like Broad Crag its summit is off the main path. The Crag is often mistaken for the summit of Scarfell Pike but infact Scafell is over half a mile away.
Set aside a full day of your holiday to enjoy this momentous climb. The best line of approach is from Boot in Eskdale where after about four and a half hours you will reach the summit. It can be a long and arduous climb on well defined but rough paths. The main tourist route goes round by Lingmell Col and is well marked by cairns all the way up. Other ascents include that from Seatoller via Sty Head in Borrowdale or from Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale.
So if you intend to enjoy a cottage holiday in the Lake District be sure to have Scafell Pike on your list of fells to conquer!