Causey Pike: the final tower

Causey Pike: the final tower

Height: 2035 feet above sea level was Wainwright’s original approximation. The OS map now shows a spot height at 637 metres, which is 2090 feet, and it is now recorded as this in the second edition. I think — though I might be wrong — that this is the fell with the largest difference in height (55 feet) between those recorded in the first and second editions.

Volume: Book 6 (The North-Western Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 10th November 2010 (walk 27). Second visit: 7th April 2017 (walk 126).

Causey Pike summit

Causey Pike summit, busy with people

Bagged as number: First round: 89 out of 330. [ << Binsey (88)  (90) Scar Crags >> ]

Second round: 96 of 330. [ << Scar Crags (95)  (97) Dent >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Stair, via Rowling End rather than the direct path. Left on the ridge to Scar Crags.

Second visit: Came in from Scar Crags on the ridge. Descended down to the mine road by the slanting path marked on the map on Causey Pike 5, and subsequently to Braithwaite.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Most fells conform to a general pattern, but some have an unorthodoxy of shape, a peculiarity of outline, that identifies them on sight from wherever they may be seen…. A landmark of this kind is Causey Pike, dominant in the Newlands and Derwentwater scene. The knob of the summit would be enough for identification in most views; repeated four times in lesser undulations as it is, like the legendary sea-serpent, the top is quite unmistakable. Even when the lesser ups and downs are concealed from sight, as when the fell is seen end on, the pyramid of the main summit is no less impressive because then it gains in slimness and elegance.”

Causey Pike, viewed from near Skelgill

Causey Pike, viewed from near Skelgill. Rowling End is to the left.

What I say: This is a very enjoyable climb, though not a simple one: in fact it was one of the steeper and more tiring ascents I have undertaken on this project, and because there is no way of reaching the summit without handling some rock (at least not without going all the way round the back via Scar Crags), it is not really suitable for small children. (So I’m glad I didn’t go through with my plan to get Joe up there when we were staying in Braithwaite last spring).

But for anyone else, I highly recommend it – the views are marvellous, the climb tough enough to make it seem like a challenge but short enough to be over before it really becomes wearing. The ridge to Scar Crags is a delightful arete, narrow and with excellent views, worth walking in both directions. There’s very little not to like about this fell.

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One Response to “Causey Pike”

  1. […] After the drizzle that beset my last walk (walk 125) and limited me to one low-altitude fell, it was gratifying to be up higher again yesterday on walk 126. Three and a half hours of effort, setting out from and returning to Braithwaite, and five summits bagged: Barrow, Outerside, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike. […]

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