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Scafell Pike
It hardly needs telling that Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. It takes a roughly central position on the Scafell massif, which runs from Great End in the north east down to Slight Side in the south, with Lingmell breaking away to the north west to tower over Wasdale.

It is the highest of three summits sitting astride a lofty ridge running from Great End to the deep col of Mickledore. Ill Crag and Broad Crag are the other two peaks (some authors award these the status of separate fells, and some, like Wainwright, class these as lower summits of the same mountain).

Scafell Pike is quite a desolate and rugged mountain, all but devoid of flora or fauna. The flanks are lined with crags and boulders, and the top is a carpet of broken rocks and stones. The summit is adorned by a huge circular cairn, befitting its stature as England's Rooftop. The views from this altitude are extensive, as you might guess. The whole of the Lake District and way beyond is open before you, seemingly only partially blocked by the other fells in this range.

Needless to say, Wainwright height ranking - Southern Fells, number one, overall, number one ... England, number one!

Height : 3210ft/978m
NY 21552 07211
Lake District - Southern Fells - Cumbria - England
Hill Classification(s) :  Birkett,  Hewitt,  HuMP,  Marilyn,  Nuttall,  Trail 100,  Wainwright
OS Explorer Map(s): 6N
OS Landranger Map(s): 89 90

Additional Information from the Database of British Hills
Summit Feature: Summit construction (top of stepped cairn)
 

 

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03/10/2009
England's Highest
3500 ft. - 7.75 miles
Hard
Bucketing it down and blowing a gale - cleared up later
Ali
Lake District


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