Red Pike (Wasdale), from Scoat Fell
Red Pike, from Scoat Fell. The spectacular shape of the fell is apparent.

Height: 2707 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 1st September 2011 (walk 43a). Second visit: 6th October 2021 (walk 194).

Bagged as number: First round : 138 out of 330. [ << Scoat Fell (137)   (139) Yewbarrow >> ]

Second round: 284 of 330. [ << Yewbarrow (283) | (285) Long Side >> ]

Red Pike (and a relaxed sheep) from Yewbarrow.

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Approached on the ridge from Scoat Fell. Descended to Dore Head (easy), then from Dore Head to Mosedale and on to Wasdale Head (a bitch of a scree-run).

Second visit: Having got down there from Yewbarrow, I came up from Dore Head. Descended via Low Tarn and Over Beck to Overbeck Bridge (see the route on page Red Pike 5).

Red Pike summit
The dramatic summit of Red Pike.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 7 of his chapter): “The highest cairn, at 2707’, is dramatically sited on the very brink of the Mosedale precipice and is so much on the edge of space that it cannot be walked around. It is a place to avoid in high wind. Yet the opposite western slope rises to the cairn in a gentle incline, carpeted with lovely turf. The transition in a matter of a few feet is a shock to the senses.”

Red Pike
Red Pike, with Mosedale below and the Scafells behind

What I say:  The summit of Red Pike rivals its near neighbour Steeple’s for dramatic effect. It’s an exciting place to visit, but not easy to get to, and if heading for Wasdale Head one has to then face the Dore Head scree run, a nasty descent that seemingly cannot be avoided. If planning an ascent of Red Pike I would do one’s best to avoid this detestable slope and come up from, or return to, Overbeck Bridge (see page 5 of Wainwright’s chapter). The summit is such a fine place it seems a shame to spoil it with a lousy descent afterwards.

Note: There are two Red Pikes, the other being only three miles away, on the High Stile ridge between Buttermere and Ennerdale. To avoid confusion, this one is known as Red Pike (Wasdale) and the other Red Pike (Buttermere). It has to be said that the other one has more of a literal claim to the name.

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One Response to “Red Pike (Wasdale)”

  1. […] 194: Yewbarrow (2058 feet above sea level, number 283) and Red Pike (2707′, no. 284). 6.5 miles, 3,300 feet of […]

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