How to Safely visit Scafell Pike During the Pandemic.
Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, located in the Lake district. The 3,209-foot mountain is part of the inactive Scafells volcano, and features England’s deepest lake at 258 metres deep, called Wastwater. Scafell Pike is also part of the popular three peaks challenge, along with Ben Nevis and Mount Snowdon.
There were 250,000 visitors at Scafell Pike in 2020, with that number expected to rise in 2021. So how can you safely visit this beautiful mountain and what are the best ways to safely enjoy your stay?
If you plan on going on walk around Scafell Pike, there are a variety of guided walks available through Scafell Pike’s website. One member of your group must have some form of navigation skills to avoid getting lost and sticking to the footpaths and keeping social distancing rules is a must throughout.
If you are a more casual visitor, then there is plenty of parking spaces that still get you close to the stunning views at Scafell Pike, with the Wasdale Head car park being an example of this, although you do have to pay for the parking available. There is also parking for campsites if you plan to do an overnight stay, which can be booked online through the Scafell Pike Website.
Once you have finished your hike, or just fancy a relaxing visit, there a plenty of restaurants to explore. One example is the George and Dragon. The Restaurant uses local grown produce from the surrounding fields and gardens, with all produce being within 20 miles from the pub.
The pub is well known for its award-winning food, and fantastic set of wines, and stylish atmosphere. The bar is open to families, bikers and even walkers, although dogs must be kept in the bar area only.
A high walled enclosed courtyard is popular with many guests, as it provides the perfect sun trap which leads into the garden. To book a table, you must access the Website, but it is well worth it.
To keep up with the demand for the area, Scafell Pike has started the fix the fells project. This project involves fixing the pathways, which is done by transporting stones to the top of the mountain to support the footpaths. Stones are used from other parts of the mountain where possible, but a 360 excavator will be needed to finish the project.
Also drains are being installed along the footpath to keep the paths well maintained during the bad weather, hopefully stopping further erosion. All visitors are advised to follow the footpaths were possible, and to step into puddles to avoid further erosion. Social distancing is also enforced in the footpaths and across Scafell Pike.
Visitors are also being urged to wear the appropriate footwear. This will avoid any injuries for visitors and keeping the pathways well maintained. The Fix the fells is a six-month project and will aim to keep Scafell Pike well maintained for the foreseeable future.
The area will be a popular attraction for many years to come, due to it being one of the areas that has full access despite the current pandemic. For any further government guidelines, visit the lake district government guidelines before visiting the area.
The area will be a great place to come to for many years to come, thanks to the Fix the Fells project and the well-behaved visitors, it is a must-see attraction, especially during these difficult times that we are all in now.