Saturday, 1 July 2000

Heron Pike

The two tops of Heron Pike
Height: 612m (Wainwright summit) (2,008ft)
Prominence: 21m (69ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip report:
The Fairfield Horseshoe & Stone Arthur - 21/11/2015
The Fairfield Horseshoe - 23/04/2013
Sara at the summit
What Wainwright said:

"Heron Pike is the watershed between Rydale and the short Greenhead valley. Grass predominates on its slopes but there is much bracken on the Rydale flank and rock outcrops on both".

Heron Pike is one of the 8 fells climbed as part of the popular Fairfield Horseshoe and is located between Nab Scar and the impressive Great Rigg.

Heron Pike actually has two recognised summits, the south top (612m), as described by Wainwright in his pictorial guides and the high north top (624m), described in other mountain guides. The north top is sometimes referred to as Rydal Fell.

The southern summit (as described by Wainwright) has the better views including Windermere, the Coniston Fells and the Central Fells also though the northern summit presents a fine view of Fairfield; the objective for many walkers who reach this point.

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