01 June 2024

Scafell Pike at Sunrise in support of Gateshead Health Charity

Category: Charity event

Time: 12:15am -

Venue: Scafell Fell Pike

Join us for an incredible adventure to the top of England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, and witness a breathtaking sunrise over the stunning Lake District. By participating in this event, you’ll experience the area’s natural beauty and contribute to a great cause by raising funds for Gateshead Health Charity.

Important advice:

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 1 June 2024
  • Arrival time: the exact time will be confirmed before the event, depending on sunrise times (estimated between 12:15am and 02:45am)
  • Meeting point: Lake Head (National Trust) Car Park, Wasdale Head
  • Registration fee: £60 and pledging to fundraise for Gateshead Health Charity
Book your place

A hike for everyone

This event is open to individuals of all skill levels. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or new to mountain climbing, this 978-meter ascent is achievable for all. Grab your walking shoes, dress warmly, and don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning sunrise from the summit to share with your loved ones.

Scafell a man hiking

About the event

You’ll be in safe hands as you journey to the peak, led by a fully qualified and experienced mountain guide. By supporting Gateshead Health Charity, you can help us continue to create a brighter and more comfortable environment for patients, staff and visitors, ultimately improving the overall health and wellbeing of the Gateshead community.

view of Scafell Pike from Middle Fell
View of Scafell Pike from Middle Fell
The ridge from Scafell to Scafell Pike

Be sure to sign up now and book your place today!

Book your place for the Scafell Pike at Sunrise

Participant terms and conditions

Scafell Fell Pike at Sunrise:

  • Walk in wonder under a blanket of stars before experiencing dawn from the summit of the highest mountain in England!
  • Enjoy the experience of one of the most popular hiking routes in the UK whilst it’s much quieter.
  • You’ll be with a wonderful group of fellow outdoors-lovers, led by a fully qualified and experienced mountain guide.

You’ll meet your guide at the Lake Head (National Trust) Car Park, Wasdale Head – the exact time to meet will change throughout the year, based on sunrise times, but you’ll be meeting in the early hours of the date you book (between 00:15am and 02:45am). There’s time to check everyone’s head torches are working, before beginning the walk with the rest of the group. You’ll be led throughout by your qualified and experienced guide.

We start to ascend following Lingmell Beck, before crossing over to Brown Tongue where we will have great views of Wast Water, England’s deepest lake. We reach Hollow Stones valley and the gradient relents a little as we head toward Lingmell Coll to join the Corridor Route. We could see the lights of the Isle of Man and Ireland, plus we may get lucky with a sighting of the International Space Station. It’s not too far from on from here, over the stoney path towards the summit!

The aim is to reach the peak as dawn breaks and watch as the first light of the day creeps across the mountains and the sun edges over the horizon. A magical, unforgettable experience at a lofty 978m (3,209ft)! You might want to toast the moment with a cup of coffee from your flask or a chocolate bar (or both – our preferred option), or snap away at the Instagram-worthy vista, before it’s time to retrace our steps back down the mountain.

With a new perspective in daylight, the descent offers stunning outlooks to enjoy – over the Irish Sea, where the Isle of Man, Morecambe Bay and of course the whole of the Lake District is visible on a clear day.

Most groups complete this walk in around 6 hours.

Pledge to fundraise £100.00 for Gateshead Health Charity helping us to make a difference for our patients here in Gateshead.

  • Our experienced and qualified mountain guide to lead you on your Scafell Pike Sunrise Challenge.
  • The chance to make new friends and meet like-minded people
  • Pre-event support from the team – from advice on kit lists to training guidance to ensure you’re fit for this challenge event. Your guide will be in touch with you to confirm all arrangements and you can always reach us via [email protected]
  • Travel to and from the meeting location – please allow enough time to arrive, the group will depart at the allocated time.
  • Any food, drinks or goods you choose to purchase at any shops, restaurant, pubs or cafés visited.
  • Travel/activity insurance – we recommend having insurance to cover, at a minimum: cancellation and curtailment; medical and emergency expenses, personal accident; injury and death.

Waterproof Jacket & Trousers – make sure you buy items that are ‘waterproof’ rather than ‘water-resistant’ – there’s a big difference in a downpour!

Walking Trousers – please do not walk in jeans as these soak up a lot of water and are stifling on a hot day.

Walking Boots & Socks – A good pair of walking boots which you’ve tested out in advance – ensure they fit you well and are comfortable. Proper walking socks have more padding or re-enforcement where needed and are designed to wick away.

Rucksack / Backpack – To carry your spare clothing, food, water and other items. 30 litres capacity is a good bet for most people, but the size of your bag will be determined by the amount you personally need and wish to carry.

Dry Bags – we recommend a waterproof backpack cover, or use of dry bags to keep your kit dry – these come in different sizes and can be used for everything from cameras to jumpers.

Warm Clothes (layers advised) – A t-shirt or technical baselayer to wear next to your skin, under your other layers (see below). We advise against cotton as it soaks up water, often rubs, and doesn’t dry easily. A synthetic option is a good idea, or if you get cold easily you may want to try wool.

Fleece/Jumper – a couple more layers to keep you warm. You may want both thick and thin options if it’s a cold day, or you’re doing a high-level walk.

Hat & Gloves (waterproof advised) – You need to keep your head, hands and neck warm – a hat paired with a buff and some waterproof gloves is ideal. These items are still essential in the summer months

Food & Lots of Fluid – Don’t forget to pack your lunch* and whatever snacks will help keep you fuelled up. In terms of water, most participants find 2 litres of water is suitable for a normal day walk.

Survival Bag & Whistle – We hope you’ll never need these – but they are essential for your safety.

Personal First Aid Kit – Whatever personal medication you need, as well as some blister plasters/lip salve/painkillers (hopefully not needed!). All of our walk leaders/guides are first-aid trained.

Head Torch – An essential piece of kit throughout the year, please also bring spare batteries. This must be a head torch, not the torch on your mobile phone! Your head torch will be checked by your guide at the start of the walk – if you do not have a working head torch you will not be allowed to start the walk.

Mobile Phone – it’s always good practice to have your mobile phone with you when exploring the outdoors, in case of emergency.