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Red Pike (Buttermere)

Red Pike (Buttermere)



Grid Reference: NY 16054 15453
Height: 755 metres/2477 feet

"Red Pike is deservedly a popular climb: the way to it is both interesting and beautiful, the summit is a graceful cone without complications, the cairn being exactly at the head of the path; and the view is excellent."
A Wainwright

Red Pike, part of the high ridge that dominates the skyline above Buttermere is the most popular summit on the ridge, the direct path up from Buttermere Village via Bleaberry Tarn is the easiest and shortest path to any of the Buttermere Fells.

A far more interesting path climbs Red Pike from the west, climbing first to Scale Force, a wonderful waterfall nestled high on the northern slopes, out of sight from the valley. The path then climbs steeply above the waterfalls before eventually emerging onto Lingcombe Edge, a fine ridge climbing to the summit of Red Pike with spectacular views throughout.

The red colour of Red Pike is provided by the rock Syenite, a coarse rock, similar to Granite, and can be seen regularly on the surface when walking on Red Pike.

  1. The summit of Starling Dodd with Pillar beyond

    Great Borne and Starling Dodd: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A steep climb at first then wonderful views over Ennerdale and the West Cumbrian coast

    Distance: 12km / 7.5 miles
    Ascent: 880m / 2900ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. The Buttermere Fells from Lorton

    The Buttermere Fells: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A longer walk over rough ground with stunning views throughout over Buttermere and the western Lakes

    Distance: 14km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 980m / 3200ft
    Duration: 6-7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. High Crag from Haystacks

    The Buttermere Fells Extended: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A longer walk over rough ground with stunning views throughout over Buttermere and Ennerdale

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1210m / 4000ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Fleetwith Pike from Glaramara

    The Buttermere Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A very long day above Buttermere with glorious views thoughout

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1880m / 6220ft
    Duration: 10 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. The Ennerdale Valley

    The Ennerdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    One of the longest day walks in the Lake District, but a wonderful rewarding day in beautiful mountains

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  6. Descending from Scafell Pike

    24 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A very long walk over rough ground, a great very hard challenge event

    Distance: 50km / 32 miles
    Ascent: 4000m / 13000ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  7. The Ennerdale Valley from Green Gable

    A Weekend at Black Sail: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Two days of hard walking over rough ground with a night at the most remote Youth Hotel in England

    Distance: 37km / 23 miles
    Ascent: 2600m / 8500ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  8. On the summit of Great End

    10 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk over rough ground crossing some of the highest peaks in England

    Distance: 27km / 17 miles
    Ascent: 2500m / 8300ft
    Duration: 14 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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