Selside Pike from Branstree

Selside Pike, seen from Branstree

Height: 2149 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 31st August 2012 (walk 65). Second visit: 8th September 2016 (walk 117).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 203 of 214. [ << Branstree (202)  (204) Hartsop Dodd >> ]. Second round: 72 of 214. [ << Howes (70-71)  (73-74) Naddle Horseshoe (part) >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Approached on the ridge from Branstree. Descended to Swindale, via the Forces.

Summit of Selside Pike

The large cairn/shelter on the summit of Selside Pike. Penrith is clearly visible in the background.

Second visit: Trudged up from Nabs Moor via the fence. Descended to the Old Corpse Road via the north-east ridge.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “One of the lesser-known fells is Selside Pike on the eastern fringe of the district, commanding the head of the shy and beautiful little valley of Swindale. Its neglect is scarcely merited, for although the summit is a dull grass mound with little reward in views, the fell has an extremely rugged eastern face that closes the valley in dramatic fashion: here are dark crags, rarely-visited waterfalls, a curious dry tarn-bed set amongst moraines, and above it, a perfect hanging valley, the two being connected by a very formidable gully.”


Swindale, with Selside Pike at its head, viewed from the Old Corpse Road (picture taken on walk 81)

What I say:  Selside Pike looks very dull from most angles and it cannot be said that either of my climbs of it have been that exciting. It does, however, have an ace up its sleeve – Swindale. Swindale is the real attraction that will draw people to Selside Pike; the two go together so well in fact I’m surprised it’s not called Swindale Pike or something similar.  From here the Pike looks at its best, by some distance: and the valley is worth a visit anyway. This is such a beautiful place, but also so very remote that it is not ever likely to be swamped with people. Definitely worth a visit if you can take the trouble to get to Swindale and climb it from there.

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2 Responses to “Selside Pike”

  1. […] saw me on the far eastern side of the district, picking up two fairly obscure fells (Branstree and Selside Pike) on an interesting walk that took me into three valleys, Wet Sleddale (pictured), the incredibly […]

  2. […] Horseshoe, Howes, Naddle Horseshoe) and three from the Far Eastern Fells (Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Selside Pike). This boosts the total to 74 done from my second round, meaning I have 256 to […]

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