High Pike is a fell in the English Lake District located five
kilometres north of Ambleside.
Situated in the Eastern Fells, it
can be confused with another Lake District High Pike in the Northern
High Pike reaches a height of 656 metres (2,152 ft) and is
sometimes referred to as Scandale Fell, although, this name really only
applies to the high ground at the head of Scandale.
from the south around High Sweden bridge near Ambleside, High Pike has
the look of a remote peak standing alone with cliffs falling away from
the summit on its eastern side.
However, in reality it is just a
slight rise on the long southern ridge of Dove Crag with only about five
metres of prominence which prevents it even qualifying as a “Nuttall”.
Nevertheless both Alfred Wainwright and Bill Birkett mention the fell in
their books on the Lakeland Fells.
Much of the view from the top
is curtailed by higher fells but there is a view of the Far Eastern
Fells over the Scandale Pass and an excellent view of Ambleside and the
head of Windermere.
High Pike is often climbed as part of the
Fairfield horseshoe walk. The ascent from Ambleside leaves the centre of
the town northerly and goes by Low Sweden Bridge to reach the open fell
where a sizeable dry stone wall is followed.
Firstly over Low
Pike and then down to a depression at 480 m (1,570 ft) before climbing
to the flat grassy summit of High Pike with its cairn standing on the
edge of crags overlooking Scandale.