What is England’s Highest Mountain?

The highest mountain in England is called Scafell Pike.  Found at 978 metres (3,209 ft) above sea level, Scafell Pike is located in Lake District National Park in Cumbria.  

The mountain is comprised oigneous rock.  The shattered rock debris, thought to be from weathering such as frost action, that covers the plateau makes Scafell Pike the highest altitude example of a summit boulder field in England.

Scafell Pike also lays claim to the highest standing water in England.  Broad Crag Tarn is found  820 m (2,700 ft), a quarter of a mile south of the summit.  

View of the Scafell range in the English Lake District, looking west from Crinkle Crags. Original photograph taken by Mick Knapton

View of the Scafell range in the English Lake District, looking west from Crinkle Crags. Original photograph taken by Mick Knapton

National Three Peaks Challenge

Scafell Pike is one of three mountains that is part of the National Three Peaks Challenge.  For this challenge, participants must climb all three peaks within 24 hours.  The three mountains are: Ben Nevis (at 1,344 m or 4,409 ft it is the highest mountain in Scotland), Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (which at 1,085 m or 3,560 ft is the highest mountain in Wales), and Scafell Pike.

Location of the three mountains that make up the Three Peaks Challenge.

Location of the three mountains that make up the Three Peaks Challenge.

References

“Scafell Pikes SSSI citation sheet” (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-11-10.