High Pike is a fell in the northern part of the
English Lake District and is located 4.5 kilometres south of Caldbeck.
It has a height of 658 metres (2159 feet) and is the most
northerly of the Lakeland fells over 2000 feet.
It is a large
fell with its northern slopes falling away towards the lower ground
between Caldbeck and Carlisle.
Like the neighbouring Carrock Fell
it has been extensively mined and the wealth created by the abundant
variety of minerals on High Pike led to the saying "Caldbeck fells are
worth all England else".
This fell should not be confused with
another Lake District High Pike situated in Scandale near Ambleside.
High Pike’s position on the northern perimeter of the Lake District
gives a fine view of the Solway Firth and the Scottish Border hills to
However the view south is severely curtailed by the
bulks of Skiddaw and Blencathra meaning the main body of Lakeland is not
High Pike has two subsidiary tops which are also
classed as Nuttall fells, Hare Stones (627 metres) and Great Lingy Hill
(616 metres) lie to the south west of the main summit at a distance of
600 metres and one kilometre respectively.
A direct ascent of
High Pike is usually done from the north, starting around the Caldbeck
However, the fell is often climbed in conjunction with the
nearby fells of Carrock Fell, Knott and Great Calva making a circular
walk that starts and finishes near Mosedale to the south of Carrock
routes near High Pike - Caldbeck