Saturday, 1 July 2000

Red Pike (Buttermere)

The impressive Red Pike
Height: 755m (2,477ft)
Prominence: 40m (131ft)
Region: Western Fells
Summit feature: Large cairn
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Times climbed: 3
Related trip reports:
The Buttermere Horseshoe - 08/04/2017
A Tour of Ennerdale - 19/04/2015
The Buttermere Ridge - 20/04/2014
Red Pike's summit cairn
What Wainwright said:

"The most-trodden mountain track out of Buttermere, a ladder of stones, leads to the summit of Red Pike, and indeed this is the only tourist path permitted by the steep and rough fellside on the south, overlooking the valley. It is a popular climb, the way to it is both interesting and beautiful, the summit is a graceful cone, the cairn being set exactly at the head of the path, and the view is excellent."

Red Pike shares its name with another fell, Red Pike near Wasdale, part of the famous Mosedale Horseshoe. The Red Pike standing over Buttermere is, however, much more fitting of the name thanks to the wonderful red colour of the rocks and paths that form its slopes. Red Pike forms part of the High Stile range of fells, a ridge separating Ennerdale and Buttermere.

Red Pike is unique in a way thanks to the number of lakes visible from the summit; Derwentwater, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Ennerdale Water and Loweswater can all be seen on a fine day. Other views from the summit include Grasmoor and the famous Pillar rock and Great Gable.

Though steep on three sides, Red Pike has a broad, grassy summit topped by a large cairn.