Kentmere Pike is a fell in the English Lake District,
rising between the valleys of Kentmere and Longsleddale. It is the
highpoint on the ridge between Harter Fell and Shipman Knotts.
The western Kentmere slopes fall over the rough ground of Hallow Bank
Quarter to Ullstone Gill, a tributary of the River Kent. Beyond here
Smallthwaite Knott, an outlier of Harter Fell, separates Kentmere Pike
from the main valley. There is extensive evidence of former quarrying on
By contrast, the Longsleddale side wears a rim of
crag above the narrow upper course of the River Sprint. Goat Scar, Raven
Crag and Brown Crags are the main faces, while Steel Pike appears from
the valley bridleway as an independent rocky peak. The remains of the
large Wrengill Quarry are just north of here, together with a mine
entrance a little higher up the slope.
The ridge northwards to
Harter Fell drops to a wet depression and then climbs up the grassy
ridge, following first the wall and then a broken fence.
eastwards the ridge continues to the cairned top of Goat Scar which
provides a good viewpoint for the craggy throat of Longsleddale. From
here the high ground turns due south to Shipman Knotts.
of the Kentmere Pike is a grassy dome with a stone wall running along
the ridge. An Ordnance Survey column stands just to the east of the wall
whilst a small summit cairn has been built to the west. Both are of
The view of Lakeland is intermittent between
the tops on the Ill Bell ridge, the Coniston fells and a portion of the
Scafell group being visible. An open vista to the south encompasses
Windermere and Morecambe Bay.
Kentmere Pike is most commonly
climbed indirectly as part of the Kentmere Horseshoe. This circuit takes
in the fine ridges on either side of the valley, together with the
higher fells at its head.
Direct ascents can also be made from
either flank. An ancient grooved path rises up the fellside from the end
of High Lane in Kentmere, meeting the ridgetop wall to the south of the
From Longsleddale the walled track which leads to
Gatesgarth pass can be left just north of Steel Pike. The line of an old
fence is then followed to the ridge.
routes near Kentmere Pike