Walk up Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route from Borrowdale
Route Summary: The Corridor Route is one of the most impressive routes in the entire Lake District, a must on any hill-walkers list.
The Corridor Route is one of the most impressive routes in the entire Lake District, a must on any hill-walkers list.
|14.85 km||980 m||3.5 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Seathwaite Farm - Scafell Pike
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Walk up Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route from Borrowdale Details
Scafell Pike from Seathwaite in Borrowdale via the Corridor Route is a classic Lakeland fell walk. This is a full walk and returns over Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End before a descent via Grain’s Gill. It’s a decent 15km walk, which should take somewhere between 6 and 8 hours to enjoy. If you’re a seasoned hill walker, then we can only recommend that you consider this route over the easier and less interesting Wasdale route. Not only does it provide much more challenge, you can also bag a few more of the big Lakeland peaks on the way.
Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route from Seathwaite in Borrowdale
This is a full day’s commitment, but it’s worth it to tackle what could be the best day out on Scafell Pike (that doesn’t include Scafell!). This walk initially follows the infant River Derwent before heading off up the tributary of Styhead Gill and onwards to Styhead Tarn.
From Styhead Tarn, where it’s almost compulsory to take a mid-morning break, the route continues by following the one and only Corridor Route. The Corridor route involves a few short sections of scrambling, and is a nicely challenging route. Ther’s one section – in the image below pictured in the reverse direction – that some call the Corridor Route “bad step” – but is hardly worthy of calling a scramble if your’e a seasoned mountaineer. Those with less experience however, will need to be aware of this bad step, as we’ve passed groups on here where they’ve had difficulty getting a party member up.
Finally, the path joins up with the masses walking up from Wasdale as it ascends the final track to the summit of Scafell Pike.
From the summit of Scafell Pike, the route returns via the summits of Broad Crag, Ill Crag, including a dog leg section to bag Great End and then down to the col at Esk House. The route continues by descending Grain’s Gill before rejoingin the path to where you started off at Seatoller. You could alternatively descend from Esk Hause via Sprinkling Tarn to rejoin the route at Styhead Tarn, following the same path to the end that you set off on this morning.