High Pike (Ambleside)

The Ambleside High Pike, viewed from Nab Scar

Height: 2155 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 9th September 2009 (walk 5). Second visit: 5th November 2016 (walk 120).

Bagged as number: First round: 18 out of 330. [ << High Hartsop Dodd (17)  (19) Low Pike >> ]

Second round: 80 out of 330. 250 to go! [ << Dove Crag (79)  (81) Low Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached as a descent from Dove Crag, though on this particular walk I never made that summit. Continued down to Low Pike and then Ambleside.

Descent of High Pike

View from the summit, south to Ambleside and Windermere

Second visit: The same.

What Mr Wainwright says (on page 2 of his chapter): “Viewed from the south, High Pike has the appearance of an isolated peak; viewed from the parallel ridges to east and west, it is seen in its true proportions as merely the flat top of a rise in Dove Crag’s long southern ridge; viewed from the north, it is entirely insignificant.”

What I say: On both occasions I have been descending the ridge when visiting High Pike, so I haven’t really ‘climbed’ it, and on my first visit I was preoccupied with other things anyway, then didn’t manage to get a photograph. So it didn’t stay much in the memory. It’s part of a good walk, the descent of this ridge offering up some excellent views, but it’s hard to see this as a particularly distinctive Wainwright.

Note: There is another High Pike, near Caldbeck in the Northern Fells.

[ << High Knott     High Pike (Caldbeck) >> ]

One Response to “High Pike (Ambleside)”

  1. […] miles, more or less, between Patterdale and Ambleside saw me bag three fells, adding High Pike and Low Pike to Dove Crag. So as of today, I have bagged 81 of the 330 fells on my second round, […]

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