Red Pike - Wasdale

Red Pike - Wasdale Summit
Red Pike - Wasdale Summit

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A Few Facts About Red Pike - Wasdale

Location -
Red Pike is a fell in the Western Fells of the Lake District. It is 826 metres or 2,710 feet high and lies due north of Wast Water. It is often climbed as part of the Mosedale Horseshoe a walk which starts and finishes in Wasdale and also includes Pillar.

Ridge Route -
The Red Pike ridge occupies a broad area of land between Nether Beck in the west and Mosedale in the east. The Mosedale face is steeper with considerable areas of Crag whilst the western slopes descend slowly over a couple of miles. The ridge begins at an unnamed col to the southeast of Scoat Fell. This narrow depression is squeezed between Black Comb the birthplace of Mosedale Beck and Scoat Tarn the primary feeder of Nether Beck. From the depression it is only a short climb to the summit of Red Pike the majority of the ridge lying beyond on the long south easterly descent to Dore Head.

Summit -
The main summit bears a cairn perched on the brink of the Mosedale Crags. To the west is a gentle slope carpeted with short turf. The southern top also bears a large cairn and a hundred yards beyond is The Chair. This is an armchair shaped windshelter built onto a rock outcrop a few yards off the path. It provides a fine vantage point for views southward and is so prominent on the climb from Dore Head that it once gave its name to the fell. Scoat Fell and Pillar obstruct the view northward. The Scafells are well seen as are the Wasdale Screes.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Bridge, Buxton & Lewis, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, Nuttall, Sim, Synge, Tump, Wainwright, Western Fell

Hill / Mountain Details