Where to Stay to Climb Scafell Pike?

January 27, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Accommodation

A question often asked by hikers and climbers is: Which Lake District hotels are closest to Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak? Well, if you are planning to hike to the summit, the first thing you need to do is decide which route you will be taking. The 2 most popular routes start at either Wasdale Head or Seathwaite in Borrowdale, with Wasdale being the more popular of the two. You could of course stay at one of the many Windermere hotels, or Keswick hotels and then drive to either of these starting points, but if you want to save yourself some time both at the start and the end of your long day, the following hotels are hard to beat for convenience.

Hotels near Wasdale Head

Located right at Wasdale Head itself, the Wasdale Head Inn cannot be beaten for convenience for hiking up Scafell Pike, and at the hotel, Ritson’s Bar is one of the best pubs in the Lake District for spending a few hours after a day in the mountains.
Website: www.wasdale.com

Both Low Wood Hall (www.lowwoodhall.co.uk) and Strands Inn & Brewery (www.strandshotel.com) are located at Nether Wasdale, just over 5 miles from Wasdale Head. Of note is the micro brewery at the Strands Inn which seems an ideal place to spend the evening after standing on England’s highest summit.

Slightly further west, in the village of Gosforth, Westlakes hotel provides more upmarket accommodation and is just over 9 miles from Wasdale Head.
Website: www.westlakeshotel.co.uk

Hotels near Seathwaite

The appropriately named Scafell Hotel is located in Rosthwaite village in scenic Borrowdale valley. Being less than 10 minutes drive from Seathwaite, it’s a convenient hotel to base yourself for Scafell Pike as well as many other great hikes in the area. The Riverside Bar next to the hotel is a great place to discuss the day’s stories over a pint and a pub meal.
Website: www.scafell.co.uk

Seatoller House is a quaint Borrowdale bed and breakfast which lies just over 1 mile from Seathwaite. Rates include Cumbrian breakfast and a communal dinner, and many guests return year after year.
Wesiteb: www.seatollerhouse.co.uk

Also in the Borrowdale Valley but closer to Keswick is the Leathes Head Hotel, a recently refurbished Edwardian country house, around 4.5 miles from Seathwaite.
Website: www.leatheshead.co.uk


If you've been the beautiful English Lake District and would like to share your thoughts about Lake District hotels, cottages or bed and breakfasts, feel free to leave a comment. We'd love to hear all about it!