Causey Pike is a fell in the English Lake District
situated in the Newlands Valley, 5 km south west of the town of Keswick.
Even though it has a modest height of 637 metres (2,090 ft) it is one of
the most distinctive fells when viewed from the Derwent Water and
Keswick area due to its distinguishing summit "nobble" which catches the
The North Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers
Derwent and Cocker, a broadly oval swathe of hilly country, elongated on
a north-south axis. Two roads cross from east to west, dividing the
fells into three convenient groups.
The central sector, rising
between Whinlatter Pass and Newlands Pass includes Causey Pike.
The highest ground in the North Western Fells is an east-west ridge in
this central sector beginning with Grasmoor above Crummock Water and
then gradually descending eastwards over Crag Hill, Sail, Scar Crags and
Causey Pike is separated from Barrow and Outerside
to the north by Stonycroft Gill and southward across Rigg Beck is Ard
Causey Pike has a long blunt ended shoulder running
eastward to the Newlands Valley, dropping steeply from its terminus at
The summit of the fell is quite unique - it is a
narrow ridge with the highest point being on the "nobble" but with four
other smaller bumps of almost equal height further on.
slopes around the summit have yielded some fossils - Trilobites, Trace
fossils and Graptolites are found on rare occasions.
from the summit is extensive with Derwentwater, the Newlands valley,
Skiddaw, Blencathra and the Helvellyn range seen very well.
direct ascent of the fell is usually started from the Newlands valley at
Stonycroft where there is some car parking space.
This route is
steep at the beginning and the end with an easier section in the middle,
the final 20 metres of ascent being a rocky scramble.
and longer alternative from the same starting point goes by an old track
which used to serve the cobalt mine on the slopes of Scar Crags. This
approaches the fell "from the back" reaching Sail pass and then crossing
the summit of Scar Crags before attaining Causey Pike.
is also part of the horseshoe walk known as the Coledale Round which is
usually started at the village of Braithwaite just west of Keswick (but
can also be started in the Newlands Valley) and includes the additional
fells of Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Eel Crag, Sail and
Scar Crags. It is a strenuous 11 mile (18 km) ridge walk with over
4000 feet (1200 m) of ascent.
The annual Causey Pike fell race
takes place in March - it starts and finishes in the Newlands Valley and
has a distance of 4.5 miles (7 km) with 542 metres (1780 ft) of
climbing. The 2005 race was won in a time of 32 minutes 51 seconds.
Walking routes near