Irton Pike

Irton Pike and the Irish Sea. Picture taken on walk 62.

Summits: Only one in the chapter, Irton Pike, 751 feet above sea level.

Date bagged: 14th August 2013, walk 73.

Bagged as number: 226 of the ‘expanded’ 330 Wainwrights. [ << Boat How (225)  (227-229) Black Combe >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached along the ridge from Whin Rigg. Descended to the Santon Bridge road, thence to Irton Road station.

Irton Pike summit

Irton Pike summit. Whin Rigg is visible behind, in the mist.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 182 of volume 8): “[Irton Pike is] the abrupt terminus of a long ridge descending from the heights above Wastwater, and a delectable objective in its own right but no longer easily accessible because of growing timber, and which might be completely isolated and unattainable in a few years’ time as trees mature. Its view seawards is unrestricted but the gem of a wide panorama is Great Gable — a noble sight at the head of Wasdale. Couches of lovely heather make this tiny top a near-perfect solace for remembrances of past happy days on the higher fells.”

Irton Pike

Irton Pike, as seen from the journey in on the R&ER.

What I say: Irton Pike couldn’t deliver its view on the day I visited, thanks to the weather, but it did deliver me a £5 note which I found lying in the heather near the summit, and not a single other place in the Lakes has thus far delivered hard cash in note form. As well as this it has colourful and pleasant woodland, which fortunately has been managed well to avoid the problems Wainwright predicted

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One Response to “Irton Pike”

  1. […] August 2013 saw me undertake walk 73, which permitted a mix of two Outlying Fells (Boat How and Irton Pike) and two of the ‘main’ 214, revisited for a second time (Whin Rigg, Illgill Head). The […]

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