Scafell Pike: Facts About the Highest Mountain in England

Scafell Pike Fact File

Country: England

Height: 978m (3209 ft)

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Other Facts About Scafell Pike

  • Scafell Pike is made of igneous rock. The summit is covered with shattered rocks (a boulder field), probably caused by the effects of weathering and frost action.
  • Confusingly, right next to Scafell Pike is a peak called Sca Fell. This is nearly as high as Scafell Pike (and from some angles looks to bigger).
  • Originally, the name ‘The Pikes of Sca Fell’ was given to the three peaks today called Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Broad Crag. An error in an Ordnance Survey map called the highest peak Scafell Pike, and the name stuck.
  • Lord Leconfield donated Scafell Pike to the National Trust 1n 1919 to honour the men from the Lake District who had lost their lives in World War 1.
  • Scafell Pike is part of the National Three Peaks Challenge (along with Ben Nevis and Snowdon).
  • Nobody knows who was the first person to reach the summit of Scafell Pike. Many thousands of people have made the ascent over the years – including Samuel Coleridge in 1802.
  • There are four main routes up Scafell Pike. They follow these valleys:  Wasdale Head, Borrowdale, Great Langdale and Eskdale.
  • Westwater Lake at the foot of Scafell Pike is the deepest lake in England.

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