Rossett Pike

Rossett Pike, from the head of Rossett Gill

Height: 2106 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 30th June 2011 (walk 38). Second visit: 2nd January 2017 (walk 123).

Rossett Pike summit

Rossett Pike summit. In the background: Esk Pike, Great End and the well-used path from Langdale to Esk Hause.

Bagged as number: First visit: 121 of 330. [ << Pike o’Stickle (120)  (122) Nethermost Pike >> ]

Second visit: 87 of 330. [ << Allen Crags (86)  (88) Dunmallet >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Ascended from Stake Pass, then came down via Rossett Gill to Mickleden and eventually Great Langdale.

Second visit: Came across from Esk Hause. Descended to Stake Pass and, once again, then down to Mickleden and Langdale.

What Mr Wainwright says (on page 4 of his chapter): “Rossett Gill is probably the best-known of Lakeland foot passes, which is not to say that is the most popular; indeed it is almost certainly the least-liked, due not so much to its steepness (which is more apparent than real, the gradient being nowhere in excess of 30º) but to its stoniness (a condition worsening year by  year as swarming legions of booted pedestrians grind away the scanty vestiges of grass and soil).”

Rossett Pike from Mickleden

Rossett Pike from the Mickleden sheepfold

What I say: Rossett Pike has a grand little double summit; it is clearly subservient to Bowfell, but that also means it has a good view of the parent fell’s crags, as well as Mikleden, and the steep downfall from the summit makes it worth visiting.

I quote Wainwright’s words about the pass, rather than the fell, to give me an opportunity to point out that the Rossett Gill path (which incidentally gives some great views of Rossett Pike, as well as of Bowfell) is much-improved from his day. Some substantial, and effective, re-engineering of the path has now taken place and I must admit that despite being somewhat apprehensive about this descent I actually found it fairly easy – nor was it particularly busy with other walkers (I only passed two others between the summit and the Mickleden valley floor). What is like in ascent I do not know but I can’t believe it’s now any worse than any other reasonably substantial descent in the district (say, The Band on Bowfell).

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One Response to “Rossett Pike”

  1. […] as you can see from this shot of Allen Crags‘ summit cairn. That, along with Glaramara and Rossett Pike, were the three fells bagged today. Read about my day, and see more photos, on the walk 123 page if […]

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