Scafell Pike will undoubtedly have a place in the affections of the hill walker being the highest peak in England at 978 metres.On a clear day the views are spectacular in all directions and it can get very busy, but then again, so does Everest! We offer a variety of ascent routes, ranging from the short, sharp shock for those with little time on their hands, to more leisurely routes where we will encounter less other people on the hill and get a greater sense of how this King of English peaks fits into the wider Lake District landscape. Afterwards it would be a shame not to visit the legendary Wasdale Head Inn or, perhaps, the lesser known, but equally excellent Screes Inn, in Nether Wasdale!
Helvellyn may not be able to claim the title of England’s biggest mountain (as it once did before the advent of accurate measurements) but it is surely England’s favourite mountain. Whether ascending from the shores of Thirlmere or braving the traverses of Striding and Swirral Edge, this mountain, which was favourite of Wordsworth’s rarely disappoints. The broad plateau on the summit is an excellent spot for lunch and the ridge line running away from the summit represents an excellent chance for Wainwright baggers to collect a number of peaks for little supplementary effort. Definitely one of our favourites!
Blencathra, sometimes known as Saddleback, is a magnificent peak that looms high over the tiny settlements of Scales and Threkeld. It is often one of the quietest of the major peaks and, for those with a head for heights and a firm grip on their nerves offers a number of scrambling routes in addition to simpler walking ascents. Scales Tarn is one of the finest in the Lake District and the peak recently achieved notoriety when it was put up for sale by it’s owner, the 8th Earl of Lonsdale.
Skiddaw may not have the natural glamour of England’s other top five tallest peaks, but at 931 metres it is not a mountain to be sniffed at. Whilst there is a well trodden track running up from Latrigg, we prefer the quieter, more scenic route via Ullock Pike. The views towards the coast are pretty much unobstructed and on a clear day Scotland and the Isle of Man can be seen, with some enthusiastic walkers even claiming to have seen as far as the Mournes in Northern Ireland.
In our opinion The Fairfield Horseshoe can lay a decent claim to being the finest day walk in the Lakes, and that’s a title that has some serious competition! The tough, 16km route takes in 8 separate Wainwrights from Nab Scar at a lowly 440m to the eponymous giant at 873m. The walk represents some of the finest ridge walking in England and the fact that starts and finishes in Ambleside provides the weary walker with a plethora of refuelling options.
This selection showcases some of the most famous and tallest peaks in the Lake District. The nature and fame of some of these mountains mean they can be busy especially on Summer weekends. If you are looking for a quieter experience and an exploration of some of the lesser know Lakeland peaks then please drop me a line to discuss your requirements and we will be more than happy to help. From the Bishop of Barf to the unique pinnacle of Steeple we can take you to some of the least visited spots in this most beautiful of National Parks.
Private Guiding service; From £110 per day or £65 for a half day (please contact for a precise quote)
Group walks; From £10pp (depending on group numbers)
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