Saturday, 1 July 2000

Red Pike (Wasdale)

The two faces of Red Pike
Height: 826m (2,710ft)
Prominence: 63m (203ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright
Summit feature: Summit cairn
Times climbed: 4
Related trip reports:
Pillar Rock & the Mosedale Horseshoe - 19/04/2019
Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Haycock & Caw Fell - 25/03/2017
The Mosedale Horseshoe - 24/05/2015
The Mosedale Horseshoe - 07/04/2012
The summit sits perched above the crags
What Wainwright said:

"There are several Mosedale's, and the best known of them is the one branching from Wasdale Head. A highlight on the expedition is the traversing of the crest of the mile-long escarpment of Red Pike, its top cairn dramatically poised on the brink of a wild cataract of crags forming the eastern face".

Red Pike is one of two fells by the same name, this one being part of the Western Fells, near Wasdale. It presents an almost continuous wall of crag above Mosedale, though the western side has a more gradual, grassy slope. Bull and Black Crags meanwhile guard the southern section. To the west, a long shoulder of land falls gradually between Nether Beck and Over Beck, narrowing as they converge toward the shore of Wastwater.

There is a large cairn on the summit as well as an armchair-shaped wind shelter carved into the rock. This is unsurprisingly called, 'The Chair'.

The main summit bears a cairn perched on the brink of the Mosedale Crags.

Return to Lake District – Western Fells

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