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Many aspire to climb Scafell Pike ( 3162′ or 978m ) and choose Borrowdale as their Base Camp. A good bed and a hearty breakfast set you up for your seven hour trek, while Tea & Scones and Real Ale encourage you homeward with tales of rocky scrambles and blustery summits. Which makes The Royal Oak Hotel, Rosthwaite the perfect place from which to start and finish your mountain day.

” … a balm for jangled nerves in the solitude and silence of the peaks ” – to ” …find something in these wild places that can be found nowhere else.
” … a bit of heaven fallen upon the earth.”
A. Wainwright, 1959

There are guide books a plenty and advice galore however, thorough research and a little planning will ensure your day is positive and rewarding. If you are hoping to bag Scafell Pike there is always some one here from whom to get advice – but  follow these links and hopefully you won’t lose your way.

Oh BTW –  two pet hates. The highest mountain in England is SCAFELL PIKE – not SCAFELL ( it’s fine craggy slightly smaller westerly neighbour ) they are both pronounced “scawfle” as in “score” not “scar” !!

Life of a Mountain – Terry Abraham – whose fantastic photograph illustrates this page.

The Southern Fells – A Pictorial Guide to LAKELAND FELLS Book Four – AW Wainwright

The Rambling Man – Blog of ascent

Please remember to take a Map & Compass – and learn how to use them before you start.

AW Scafell Pike ascent from Borrowdale