Rampsgill Head summit

Rampsgill Head summit cairn.

Height: 2581 feet above sea level was given as the altitude in the first edition, but the second edition raises it to 2598′.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells).

Date climbedFirst visit: 22nd May 2010 (walk 14).

Fell runners and Rampsgill Head

Fell runners heading towards Rampsgill Head, seen from High Raise.

Second visit: 14th September 2020 (walk 183).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 50 out of 330. [ << The Knott (49)  (51) Kidsty Pke >> ]

Second round: 257 of 330. [ << High Raise (256)  (258) Kidsty Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached from The Knott, climbing directly over the pathless grass slope rather than following the path, which takes a wide detour to the south. Left for Kidsty Pike.

Second visit: Came over on the short ridge from High Raise, and left on the equally short ridge to Kidsty Pike.

High Raise (left) and Rampsgill Head, viewed from The Knott

High Raise (left) and Rampsgill Head, viewed from The Knott

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 7 of his chapter): “On the right sort of day, the top is a pleasant place to linger awhile. The turf is delightful, there is some outcropping rock to add interest, the rim of the crags is worthy of a leisurely and detailed exploration, the views are good in all directions. A prominent, well-built cairn stands on the edge of the abrupt north-west face… sixty yards further south-west is a spectral signpost that once directed visitors to Mardale and Patterdale but lost its arms long ago: in any case its usefulness would be largely past, for few now go to Mardale.”

What I say: I cite AW’s words about the summit because this was all of the fell that I really saw. In fact I suspect it’s all of the fell that anyone really sees. It’s propped up by other fells rather than having much of a build-up of its own, which is something of a shame. It is a good summit, high, airy and bright with good views (especially down the eponymous valley of Ramps Gill) — but even in this regard it is rather upstaged by Kidsty Pike very close by. While undeniably a separate fell, this is an easy one to miss.

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One Response to “Rampsgill Head”

  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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