If you want some serious scenic hiking then look no further than the lake district in England. With a picture landscape, tall peaks, beautiful lakes and quaint english pubs to escape the cold and rain you cant go wrong. Scarfell Pike is the tallest mountain in England, and if you are in the lake district it is as really good half day/ day walk to accomplish. One thing with the lake district (or England) is that is always the possibility of rain, so make sure you have a map with you and some rain gear, and after all the exertion of reaching the summit you get cold fast so extra layers are a must.
We took the Lingmell Gill (Brown Tongue) trail up to the summit. The trail up Scarfell Pike is pretty easily marked by a well worn trail until you reach about 550m.
At this stage you have a choice a scramble via the challenging hollow stones and Mackledore path (if you can call it a path) or stay left for the easier way to the summit which is what we did. From here the path is more rocky and less easy to see so keep on the lookout for Rock cairns that mark the way. This can be really challenging if the rain and cloud come in which it did on us. We came back the same way we went up, but if we had better visibility we would have taken the corridor route on the way down. From this route you get more look outs on some smaller peaks such as Ill Craig, Great End and Allen Craig.
Where to stay
There are a couple of options close. We stayed at the Wasdale Head Inn. They run a campsite in a field opposite the inn and from here you can walk to the trail head. For a fiver each even if you have to pay for a hot shower its pretty good value. The wind can blow quite hard though the valley were the campsite is located so make sure everything is tied down.
Even in the wind and rain Scarfell Pike is a beautiful walk in a beautiful part of the country. Its well worth a visit and ending the day at the pub with its generous size pub meals and only a short stumble back to our tent is a bonus.