Sheffield Pike

Sheffield Pike from Glencoyne Head

Height: 2232 feet above sea level in the first edition: reduced slightly to 2215′ in the second edition.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Sheffield Pike from Mires Beck

Sheffield Pike from Mires Beck, on the way down from Birkhouse Moor (walk 61).

Date climbedFirst visit: 13th January 2012 (walk 48).

Second visit: 29th November 2017 (walk 139).

Bagged as number: First round: 149 of 330. [ << Hart Side (148)  (150) Glenridding Dodd >> ]

Second round: 128 of 330. [ << Glenridding Dodd (127)  (129) Raise >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Approached along the ridge from Hart Side, though this is not actually indicated as a distinct route in either fell’s chapter. (Imagine a letter Y; Stybarrow Dodd is at the bottom, Hart Side and Sheffield Pike at each of the two upper ends. Ridge routes are described to and from Stybarrow Dodd, but not between the two others.) Left, in theory (this was not an easy route to find in practice) along the ridge to Glenridding Dodd.

Second visit: Came up from the Dodd, the route is easy to find in ascent. Left down to the old lead mine then on to Raise.

Sheffield Pike summit

Sheffield Pike summit

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Stybarrow Dodd, on the main Helvellyn watershed, has a long eastern shoulder falling in stages to the shore of Ullswater. Midway, the shoulder rises to a distinct and isolated summit: this is Sheffield Pike, which assumes the characteristics of a separate fell. It soars abruptly between the valleys of Glenridding and Glencoyne and presents to each a continuous fringe of steep crags…. Its rich mineral deposits have, paradoxically, caused its ruin: it has been robbed not only of its lead but of its appeal and attractiveness to walkers.”

What I say: AW appears to have something of a downer about this fell; the negative assessment cited above reoccurs in descriptions of the summit (“a drab, cheerless place”) and of the Glenridding valley below. I thought it was OK, though slightly soured by a difficult descent; the path down the ridge is hard to find. This is a decent climb in ascent, though.

One might as well then distract oneself from these labours by speculating on why this obscure fell has ended up with the name of a city 150 miles away and on the other side of the country.

[ << Sergeant’s Crag       Shipman Knotts >> ]

One Response to “Sheffield Pike”

  1. […] at just 6.5 miles, but there was plenty of climbing needed to bag four fells: Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Raise and White Side. The latter two were also done in the snow the first time round, making them […]

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