Name:Pen
Hill number:3688
Height:762m / 2500ft
Parent (Ma):2359  Scafell Pike
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Cumberland
Catchment:Esk (Ravenglass)
Class:Birkett, Synge, Deleted Nuttall
(B,Sy,xN)
Grid ref:NY 22153 06754
Summit feature:pointed rock
Drop:10m
Col:752m  NY220068  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89 90
(1:25k) OL6N
Observations:Synge gives the name and location of Pen but his height of 768m corresponds to the spot height 200m NW at NY 22025 06899
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Added to "deleted" Nuttalls list in vol 2 of Mountains of England. Drop measured by J&A Nuttall
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Completion of the Birketts on this fine topjef18/01/2023
From Wha House for a round of Silverybield Crag, High Scarth, Pen, Pike de Bield, High Gait Crags, Scar Lathing and Throstlehow Crag.rhalstead23/07/2021
Followed Scafell / Esk Hause path from head of Eskdale and pitched camp below waterfall where Scafell path diverges with view to doing High Gait Crags and Pike de Bield next day. Went directly up Pen on its left side, finding faint path left of stream then easy walk from grassy bowl to summit. Came down via Little Narrowcove. Much easier than it looks.BURGESS18/06/2021
Scafell. Upper Eskdale. Not in JWS List. Climbed incidentally at some unrecorded date later than the first ascent of Esk and / or Scafell PikesPeterdunscar17/05/2021
Pen, Scafell Pike, Symonds Knott, Scafell, Slight Side, High Scarthkeithouk01/05/2021
Walk out to Eskdale, via Great End, Eskdale, Pike de Bield, Pen, Scafell Pike.tomd412/09/2020
With RachelLittledave13/07/2020
Birkett 3 Revisit via Rough Crag West & East TopsDave Geere23/03/2020
12.5 mile round of hills parking wide grass verge at NY 2103 0113: Heron Crag -> Silverybield -> High Scarth -> Cam Spout Crag -> Pen (visited the 768m spot height too) -> High Gait Crags -> Scar Lathing -> Pianet Knott -> Throstlehow Crags. High Scarth to Cam Spout Crag and on to Pen a bit tricky in places, otherwise all ok. Section 34B All Hills completion on Throstlehow Crags.jonglew19/11/2019
A round of Birketts & Synges in upper Eskdale via MoasdaleJim.Fothergill10/04/2019
Hot day, from Cockley Beck via High Gait CragsIWC27/06/2018
Piers Gill Head > Dropping Crag > Rough Crags West Top > Rough Crags East Top > Pen > Scafell Pike South Top > Scafell Pike from GR:NY 18238 07476ronaldo33330/04/2018
Up from Taw House farm contouring SW side (across the County Tops route). Bagged both tops.Eddie14/04/2018
Up as Aye Jimmy, but down Little Narrowcove. As I was having my sandwiches by the cairn, two guys appeared having done a route on Esk Buttress. It was the final Birkett for one of them. After taking the summit photos for them, I received a swig of Chateauneuf du Pape ! Then there was a flypast by a Hawk jet.ngthack24/08/2016
Camped at Sprinkling tarn. Walked up Great Slack at breakfast. Walked up to Scafell Pike doing Broad Crag and Ill Crag on the way. Walked down to Pen then down into Eskdale by circumnavigating Ill crag and heading back up to Esk hause. Becky had a swim at sprinkling tarn and then back to Borrowdale via Styhead tarnchrisj196523/07/2016
C/W round from wasdale head of lingmell, middleboots knotts, round how, great end, blunt top, lll crag, broad crag, scafell pike, pen, symonds knott, scafell, cam spout crag, slight side.robertphillips28/05/2016
R run Trev Rob from ODG Richard Tait22/04/2016
From Brotherilkeld via the Esk gorge path to Sampsons stones.Crossed the grass above Cam Spout as in Wainwrights Scafell Pike 22 to the climbers path off Dow crag. With Andy. Fantastic weather and some clean snow still on the higher ground.Karmakarl15/03/2016
(Walkers with) Torun Mcmoran and Gary Dean (Parking point) Brotherilkeld - Upper Eskdale - Great Moss - Pen - Scafell Pike - Mickledore - Lords Rake - Scafell - Slight Side - Brotherilkeld.redbob14/02/2016
This is the most sublime peak in the Lakes. This day with Jenx we were blessed with sparkling weather, and the long walk up Eskdale was rewarded with a fine summit. After the Esdale Rdge Birketts we continued to Esk Pike then descended to Esk Hause, then across the Tongue to Calfcove Gill. Staying high at 640 m contoured around to the impressive Cockly Pike and with some scrambling horizontally into Little Narrowcove.Up this to the higher cove and a good line back from the 750m contour. Grand scenery and a 370m drop back to Eskdale.nordicstar30/09/2015
From Silverybield on circuit from Brotherikeld. Went up slope then grassy gully to L of the big crag - Dow Crag on map, Esk Buttress to climbers. We used to walk from Cockley Beck to climb there years ago. Never went to the top of Pen though! Back to Brotherikeld via High Scarth.Aye Jimmy17/09/2015
Climbed from upper Eskdale via Little Narrowcove, steep climb.robert09/06/2015
From Wha House via Brock Cragsrb08/05/2015
Jubilee Bridge > Brotherilkeld Farm > Taw House > Scale Bridge >BROCK CRAG > Heron Crag > Silverybield >Little Narrowcove >Pen > Little Narrowcove > High Scarth (500th B) > Slight Side (200th W) > Taw House > Brotherilkeld Farm > Jubilee BridgeTony Hartry II09/09/2014
My final Birkett! Solo. Climbed Rough Crag too. Up onto Scafell Pike for my next round!Dangerous Dave30/07/2014
Brotherikeld-Lingcove bridge-Great Moss-Southwest side of Pen-Pen-Little Narrowcove-Great Moss-Lingcove bridge-Brotherikeld. With Stu Knowles.MorecambeMonkey20/07/2014
From Wasdale head.AlunRees3127/06/2014
From Wasdale head.Alunrees3327/06/2014
Walked up from Brother Ilkeld and went up Little Narrowcove for an easy walk. Had perfect weather so no complaints.denisB5219/05/2014
With Phil Cooper, via Eskdale and Cam Spout Crag, quite straightforward traverse with minimal scrambling. Nice little 3-top summit. Then on to Broad Crag, Round How et alRHW05/10/2013
3rd top with Tony from Hardknott pass steep climb left rucksacks part way up never spoke to another soul all day so knew they would be safecolinfielding13/08/2013
On its own from Eskdaleronaldo33315/06/2013
with Frank, Claire and Martin, en route to Scafell Pike via Eskdale..Lou29/07/2012
From Eskdale (via Penn) with Lindsay, Martin and Claire. Walk continued via Lords Rake / West Wall Traverse to Scafell and Slight Side.knarf29/07/2012
From Brotherilkeld via zig-zags, Little NarrowcoveAnduril25/05/2012
It's a long slow drag walking from Brotherilkeld for the sole purpose of climbing Pen. Got to the top, the weather was so terrible (heavy snow in May) that all I could do was turn round and go back to the car!moorsman14/05/2012
Fantastic view, tough climb.Baz Baziah15/04/2012
With Jo, circular walk from Brotherilkeld: past Taw House and then footpath to Cam Spout, Little Narrowcove , Pen, returning over Great Moss and Lincove Bridge. Weather; sunny, warm, very good visibility.amblerbob27/03/2012
Birkett 2Dave Geere18/03/2012
Brotherilkeld Throstlehow Crag Scar lathing Great Moss Penn Scafell Pike Lingmell Lords Rake Red Gill Narrow Gully Scafell Slight Side High Scarth Silverybield Crag Taw House BrotherilkeldAndy Hirst28/10/2011
1dads25/09/2010
Climbed on the way to Scafell Pike from Eskdale with Dixon.jackfowler03/07/2010
From Brotherilkeld -Throstlehow Crag - Scar Lathing - Mickledore - Lords Rake, Scafell -Lords Rake - Scafell Pike- Lingmell- Scafell Pike - Pen - Brotherilkeldbenarbia_822/05/2010
Birketts CLF walk W/SCA2, Jubilee Bridge > Eskdale > Great Moss > Little Narrowcove > PEN, summit cairn > Scafell Pike > Lord's Rake > Symonds Knott > Scafell > Slight Side > Cat Cove > Jubliee Bridge.Tony Hartry08/07/2009
Snow with H from Upper Esk Bit tough RH Richard Tait30/10/2008
from cam spout straight up - definitely worth a detour aor a destination in its own right - there are much more boring higher fellsgigglejon14/02/2008
Mine & Tom's final Birkett! What a cracking rocky top to finish on. Went on to climb Scafell Pike for the 5th time.David Gradwell15/10/2006
This was the final Birkett for two of my brothers, David and Tom.George Gradwell15/10/2006
W MVW from Eskdale, deep mist and nav practice. Continued to summit and back out to Brotherikeldnordicstar23/08/2004
After sleeping in car then up Lowscales Fell at 7am drove to Wasdale to meet Darren for epic 9 hour (not 4 as guessed!) bagging day (Birketts and repeat wainwrights). Scrambled up tree filled Greathall Gill and tour around Scafells, including a descent into Eskdale from Slight Side to be able to reascend via rocky Pen onto Scafell Pike.Chris Pearson15/06/2002