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You have the choice of two incredible treks; summit the iconic Scafell Pike or, brand-new for 2022, summit Scafell’s neighbouring mountain Great Gable.

Day one – Summit Scafell Pike

  • Saturday 13 August 2022
  • 9 mile hike
  • 963 metre peak
  • Estimated walking time is 7-8 hours approximately
  • Difficulty level is “Challenging”

Poppy Trek Scafell Pike route

This challenging trek will pass through picturesque scenery and offer views of unique landscapes as we hike approximately 9 miles up England’s highest mountain and summit the 963 metre peak.

Once we reach the top, we’ll stop to take in the breath-taking views across Cumbria before sharing a moment’s reflection at England’s highest war memorial. After pausing for a minute’s silence to remember and pay tribute to the incredible sacrifices made by our Armed Forces community, we’ll descend to a hero’s welcome and collect a unique finishers’ medal.

Scafell Pike holds particular significance as it was part of 'The Great Gift', where several Cumbrian peaks were gifted to the National Trust. This generous act signalled the end of the First World War.

Climbing Scafell Pike is a serious undertaking and should not be underestimated. It's a tough, steep hike, and so a strong level of fitness is required. There are areas of steep mountain paths which will require you to scramble over broken, uneven and rocky terrain. At times it will be loose underfoot and there can be high winds especially around the summit.

Day two – Summit Great Gable

  • Sunday 14 August 2022
  • 6 mike hike
  • 886 metre peak
  • Estimated walking time is 5-6 hours approximately
  • Difficulty level is “Moderately Challenging”

Poppy Trek Great Gable route

This trek will pass stunning scenery and picturesque mountain views as we hike approximately 6 miles up the Great Gable Mountain and reach the 886 metre summit.

When we reach the top, we will stop to take in the beautiful panoramic views and observe a minute’s silence to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifices the Armed Forces make on our behalf. We will then descend to a hero’s welcome and collect a unique finishers’ medal.

At the summit of Great Gable, there is The Fell & Rock Climbing Club 1914-1918 War Memorial. The club bought 3,000 acres of land including Great Gable and donated it to the National Trust in memory of these members.

The Great Gable trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness. Though slightly less difficult than the Scafell Pike summit, this is a demanding challenge in its own right. It will be a steep climb as you summit Great Gable which will involve crossing grassy and rocky mountain paths. At times it will be loose underfoot, and you may find some slopes a little more demanding than others. The terrain will still be uneven in areas, but you shouldn't be required to scramble.

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