Red Pike and Crummock Water

Red Pike and Crummock Water, from Whiteless Pike

Height: 2479 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: 28th July 2012 (walk 60a)

Bagged as number:  185 of 330. [ << Starling Dodd (184)   (186) High Stile >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached along the ridge from Starling Dodd, left along the ridge to High Stile.

Red Pike summit

Red Pike summit, as the clouds rush back in.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Red Pike is deservedly a popular climb: the way to it is both interesting and beautiful, the summit is a graceful cone without complications, the cairn being set exactly at the head of the path; and the view is excellent…. Syenite in the rock and subsoil of the fell produces the rich red colouring that has given Red Pike its name and this is particularly marked in places where surface disturbance has occurred (the stony track by the side of Scale Force is a good example), remaining brilliant until weathering results in a more sombre ruddiness.”

What I say: It is less usual to approach Red Pike the way I did, from the back instead of up from Buttermere, so I missed whatever good things there were to be seen on the ascent. However, it was still a good summit to reach, having an excellent view, and marking the point at which the characteristics of the walk changed radically, from being a moorland tramp to a high-level traverse of a rocky and dramatic ridge. It looks good from the front (see the picture at the head of the page) and worth a visit.

Note: This is one of two Red Pikes in The Western Fells; I reached the other in September 2011, on walk 43a. That one is known as Red Pike (Wasdale).

[ << Raven Crag      Red Pike (Wasdale) >> ]


2 Responses to “Red Pike (Buttermere)”

  1. […] thus have 23 to go. I have walked approximately 610.48 miles (passing the 600-mile point at about Red Pike, on Saturday) and have climbed approximately 178,538 feet. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this. […]

  2. Just discovered your blog and love it! Seeing the Wainwright Walks on SBS here in Melbourne is bringing back our fell walks as students in the 1970s in the 1970s. We did do Red Pike and the ridge from Buttermere on a sunny day in February (can you believe!). Unfortunately my camera battery failed. And we ” left Haystacks for another day”! Wainwright made it as his last walk but though younger i might be lucky to make it up one of his lesser peaks for elderly feet.

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