Low Pike and Rydale

Low Pike above the lower reaches of Rydale, seen from Nab Scar

Height: 1657 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: 19 out of 330. [ << High Pike (18)   (20) Swirl How >> ]. Second round: 81 out of 330 [ << High Pike (80)  (82) Bowfell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Both visits: Arrived on the ridge from High Pike and descended to Ambleside.

Low Pike from north

Low Pike, seen on the ridge from the north

What Mr Wainwright says (on page 3 of his chapter): “The summit is an abrupt rocky peak, a place of grey boulders and small grassy platforms in the shadow of a substantial stone wall. Some of the rocks near the summit are big enough to afford simple practice in climbing. There is no cairn nor room for one: the wall occupies the highest inches.”

What I say: As with its bigger neighbour, High Pike, it is hard to see this as a particularly separate fell, and although it has a clear summit (clearer than High Pike’s, anyway), this has a huge wall built right over the top of it so there’s not much opportunity for rest or respite at the top. But as a staging post on what is a good ridge, with very good views, it’s worth a visit.

[ << Low Fell      Maiden Moor >> ]

One Response to “Low Pike”

  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, and thus have […]

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