Cold PIke from the Band

Cold Pike — living up to its name — as seen from the Band (Bowfell)

Height: 2259 feet above sea level was recorded in the first edition, but the OS have since given the altitude a considerable boost as the new edition records it as 2300′.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 23rd August 2012 (walk 64). Second visit: 25th July 2017 (walk 131).

Bagged as number: First round: Number 200 of 330.  Fanfare!!  [ << Crinkle Crags (199)  (201) Pike O’Blisco >> ]

Second round: 107 of 330. [ << Hard Knott (106)  (108) Coniston Old Man >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached along the ridge from Crinkle Crags and left on the ridge route to Pike O’Blisco.

Cold Pike summit

Cold Pike summit. Actually there are two cairns up here of roughly similar height.

Second visit: Ascended from Wrynose Bottom. Descended to Red Tarn and down to Great Langdale.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “Although not of great significance, Cold Pike is prominent when seen from the north and east, and it has lovely views in those directions.  All around, nearby, are higher fells and they may be studied profitably from the triple peaks of this lowly one in their midst. Cold Pike is a Crinkle Crags in miniature.”

What I say:  The three summits are all lined up in a row, and look sort of cute, though I only visited the northernmost (and highest). But I don’t get the impression many people go there. There are no paths visible on the summit, at least not on the side I arrived and left from, and this despite its very close proximity to the highway that is the Red Tarn – Crinkle Crags route.

Alas it also became one of the fells that I ascended twice but in poor conditions each time. I have not seen the apparently impressive view (and Cold Pike is visible from the far shore of Windermere so must have a decent view in that direction, at least). Ascending it in full on my second visit gave a better impression of the proportions of the fell but it has not really managed to show itself to me at its best.

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2 Responses to “Cold Pike”

  1. […] total of 22 Wainwrights and the back of the project is well and truly broken, the end is in sight. Cold Pike, reached on the second of these two walks, achieves the distinction of being fell number 200: and I […]

  2. […] Walk 131 (25th July); from Eskdale to Dungeon Ghyll, bagging me Hard Knott and Cold Pike […]

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