Scafell Pike via Piers Gill Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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5-6.5h
Distance
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11.6 km
Elevation
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985 m
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Scafell Pike via Piers Gill Walk

The walk to Scafell Pike via Piers Gill is an amazing adventure that is less known than other routes up the mountain, providing an opportunity for solitude along the trail and the same spectacular views. While out on the trail, you will climb up the steep terrain along the waters of Piers Gill to reach the saddle below Broad Crag before making the final push to the summit for stunning views over Wast Water and nearby fells. This is a fantastic Lake District walking route that will truly reward your hard work.

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Route Description for Scafell Pike via Piers Gill Walk

Although less-travelled than other walking routes up to the summit of Scafell Pike, the Scafell Pike via Piers Gill Trail is a beautifully scenic and slightly rugged route that will produce the same spectacular Lake District views, with the added bonus of having the trail more or less to yourself. Setting out from the car park at Wasdale Head, the trail will take you to the northeast through a corridor along Lingmell Beck before branching off to the south to climb uphill through the steep and rugged terrain along the waters of Piers Gill. Reaching the saddle just below Broad Crag, you will follow the trail to the southwest and make the steep push up to the summit of Scafell Pike for some absolutely gorgeous views overlooking Wast Water and the surrounding fells of the Lake District. From here, make your way north towards the summit of Lingmell Fell, before fully descending the hillside on the return to the trailhead.

Getting to the Scafell Pike via Piers Gill Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Scafell Pike via Piers Gill Trail from the Old Post Office Campsite in Santon Bridge, drive north along the road for 3.1 km and make a right turn. Continue on past Wast Water Lake for 5mi, where you will find the car park on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Wasdale Head Campsite

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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