Sleddale Pike summit

The summit of Sleddale Pike. Not much to see, but summit #250 of the project.

Summits: There are three in the chapter, which I first visited in the reverse order than that suggested in the book, thus: Ulthwaite Rigg (1648’), Great Saddle Crag (1850’) and Sleddale Pike (1639’).

Volume: Book 8 (The Outlying Fells).

Date bagged: First visit: 14th April 2014, on walk 81.

I then bagged Ulthwaite Rigg, but not the others, for a second time on walk 102, 13th October 2015.

Bagged as number: First round: 248, 249 and then number 250 (Sleddale Pike) of the full Wainwright list of 330.  [ << Howes (246-247)  (251-255) Stickle Pike >> ]

Second round: Ulthwaite Rigg is number 20 of the second round [ << Loughrigg Fell (19)  (21) Stone Arthur >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: As noted above I did the three tops the opposite way round from Wainwright, coming up Ulthwaite Rigg from Mosedale and then descending off Sleddale Pike to the Lunch House then from there to the A6 at Shap Lodge.

Second visit: Ulthwaite Rigg only was bagged by coming over from the Seat Robert fells. I then left it by heading up to Harrop Pike, on the ridge above, and going on to the Crookdale Horseshoe.

View from Great Saddle Crag

View north from Great Saddle Crag — a fairly representative shot of the walk as a whole.

What Mr Wainwright says: I note that in this chapter AW says virtually nothing about the fells themselves, concentrating in his commentary on Wet Sleddale, the valley. But on my walk I did not set foot in Wet Sleddale itself so it seems, on this occasion, inappropriate to quote any text from the book.

What I say: You are going to have to be a pretty committed walker/peak-bagger to get a great deal out of these three summits, particularly Ulthwaite Rigg which is almost completely nondescript — and I say this having bagged it twice. That summit definitely gets into the ‘Low Reward for High Effort’ list.

However, Great Saddle Crag does have a bit of ruggedness about it and a definite summit, and Sleddale Pike, a good view. But to reach any of them requires about three and a half miles of negotiating pathless heather and tussocky grass, which is probably not most people’s idea of fun. Don’t try it in mist or rain; on a good day the walk was just about tolerable.

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  1. […] of Wet Sleddale. Fells were bagged from two of Wainwright’s volume 8 chapters, Howes and the Wet Sleddale Horseshoe. Have a look at all those pages if you want to know the details and see more […]

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