The very highest point in England might be a bit of a dull lump but there's much more to Scafell Pike than its overcrowded summit. This stern, stony mountain sprawls over a large area, its many impressive corners offering some of the grandest mountain scenery in the Lake District. The justifiably popular approach along the Corridor Route takes you through the heart of it all. Close the loop by heading over the mountain's three lesser tops, Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End, each as worthwhile as the Pike itself. Nb. This walk ignores the Pike's near neighbour Scafell, the direct route to which is via the notorious rock step of Broad Stand, a serious little scramble best left to climbers.
You might descend the southeast flank but it's just as easy to retrace your steps briefly to go down via Calf Cove. Follow the path to Esk Hause, another pivotal pass / motorway interchange. just before the low point of the col cut north on a path that runs below the rambling northeast face of Great End (home of classic winter climbs) to another path junction above Ruddy Gill.
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