Kidsty Pike

Kidsty Pike, seen on the approach from the west.

Height: 2560 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells).

Date climbed: First visit: 22nd May 2010 (walk 14). Second visit: 14th Septembe 2020 (walk 183).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 51 out of 330. [ << Rampsgill Head (50)  (52) High Raise >> ]

Kidsty Pike and Haweswater

Kidsty Pike, above Haweswater.

Second round: 258 of 330. [ << Rampsgill Head (257)  (259) Barf >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached by a five-minute stroll from Rampsgill Head, and left for a not-much-longer walk to High Raise.

Second visit: The approach was the same, but this time, I descended to Mardale Head.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Travellers on the road and railway at Shap, looking west to the long undulating skyline of the High Street range, will find their attention focusing on the most prominent feature there, the sharp peak of Kidsty Pike. This distinctive summit, which unmistakably identifies the fell whenever it is seen in profile, is formed by the sudden breaking of the gently-rising eastern slope in a precipice of crags and scree that falls very abruptly into the depths of Riggindale. The summit is the best feature of the fell.”

Kidsty Pike's balcony

Enjoying the ‘balcony’ on top of Kidsty Pike. (Not all the spots are quite this small.)

What I say: Agreed, an excellent and dramatic summit as you can see from the pictures and a sweet place to have lunch, take the boots off, and wiggle one’s toes in the air for a while.  A superb feature of the summit is its ‘balcony’ just below the topmost rocks where one can sit in perfect safety suspended above Riggindale. I would put this among Lakeland’s top ten summits, for sure. It lacks a particularly good view, at least in the sense of being panoramic, but High Street is from here an impressive sight.

All in all it is worth a visit, and should be climbed from Mardale (either direct or via High Street as I did) instead of approaching it the back way, from Patterdale. But that does mean you have to use a car.

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One Response to “Kidsty Pike”

  1. […] 183: High Raise (Far Eastern) (2634′, no. 256), Rampsgill Head (2598′, no. 257) and Kidsty Pike (2560′, no. 258). 8 miles and 2,200 feet of ascent […]

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