The Scafell Range, also known as the “Southern Fells”, is arguably the gem of the Lake District National Park of Cumbria, England. Featuring no less than eight individual peaks that contribute to the imposing skyline, the extraordinary range is also home to England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, which is an impressive 978 metres above sea level.
The range is a favourite among avid hikers and photographers from all over the continent, with the Sca Fell Mountain being the centre of this attention. Known for its two flanks being vastly different in environment, the mountain’s west face offers smooth slopes that are rich with rare fauna and flora found nowhere else in the country, while the east climb gives a challenging climb over numerous rocky crags and providing an opportunity for the adventurous to take some of the best panoramic shots of the Lake District.
TAMING THE PIKE
The rockier and highest of the two peaks, Scafell Pike, is among the most visited mountains in England. Offering breath-taking views as well as a challenging and exhilarating climb, it is no wonder that many able-bodied Lake District visitors are interested in conquering the summit. However, with the range being so close to the coast and being so far above sea level, Scafell is also the wettest area in England, receiving over four metres of rainfall per year. Good navigation skills and a solid knowledge of the local terrain is vital, so most visitors opt for taking a guide with them.
CAN YOU REPEAT THAT?
Originally going by the phonetically written name “Scawfell”, presumably due to the pronunciation within the local dialect, the mountain range has apparently had many small, both official and unofficial, changes to its name over the years. The 1774 Donald Map, rather notorious for its place-name errors, listed the area as its now common shorter name “Scafell”, but again in 1809’s Ordnance Survey of the Lake District the name had become “Sca Fell”. Today, many different versions are still used across various notations.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hard Knott Pass Aproach Road, Boot, Holmrook
Cumbria, England, CA19 1TH
+44 (0)1946 723 253
- Address: Wasdale Head, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, CA20 1EX
- GPS: 54.46588389999999,-3.255140900000015
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: CA20 1EX
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: None
- Visibility from Road: Fair (Only from road view points)
- Image Credits: Stewart Smith Photography