Saturday, 1 July 2000

Kidsty Pike


The peaked summit of Kidsty Pike above Riggindale
Height: 780m (2,559ft)
Prominence: 15m (49ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Loose cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
A Tour of Hayeswater - 11/01/2014
The cairn and rock outcrop on the summit
What Wainwright said:

"Travellers on the road and railway at Shap. looking west to the long undulating skyline of the High Street range will find their attention drawn to the most prominent feature there, the sharp peak of Kidsty Pike. This unmistakable peak identifies the fell whenever it is seen in profile".

Kidsty Pike is a subsidiary top of Rampsgill Head, but has long achieved the status of a separate fell, thanks to its classic peaked profile.

The northern flank falls at a shallow gradient over grass to the high gathering grounds of Randale. In contrast, the southern side of the ridge drops over crag and scree to Riggindale, 1,500 ft below. This difference in slope gives Kidsty Pike its appeal when viewed from Haweswater as, from here, the summit appears as an acute-angled peak.

The summit, topped by a cairn, affords a precipitous view down into Riggindale.

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