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Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain at 3209 feet (978 metres) and its neighbour Scafell is England's second highest (3163 feet or 964 metres). Scafell Pike is in fact one of the three peaks, including Ill Crag and Broad Crag, that border Scafell and, not surprisingly, the two are often confused with one another. The name is Norse, from 'skalli fjall' - 'fell with a broad summit' - and locally it is sometimes pronounced in the old way, 'Scawfell'. There are a variety of routes, the most popular starting from Seathwaite, Eskdale or Wasdale. Scafell Pike was donated to the National Trust in 1919 by Lord Leconfield in memory of the men of the Lake District who fell in the Great War of 1914-18. There is a memorial plaque on the mountain.
Scafell Pike is Britain's third highest mountain and features in the National Three Peaks Challenge - the other two mountains being Snowdon in North Wales and Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands.