Kidsty Pike is a fell in the English Lake District
standing to the west of Haweswater Reservoir. It is a subsidiary top of
Rampsgill Head, but has long achieved the status of a separate fell,
thanks to its classic peaked profile.
Two valleys run up
westwards from Haweswater above what was the village of Mardale Green
before the raising of the lake.
Riggindale is the southern arm
and runs straight with a classic "U"-shaped profile while Randale starts
north-westerly rising quickly before turning due west above
approximately 1800 ft. Between these valleys is Kidsty Pike the east
ridge of Rampsgill Head.
The northern flank falls at a shallow
gradient over grass to the high gathering grounds of Randale. In
contrast, the southern side of the ridge drops over crag and scree to
Riggindale 1500 ft below.
The difference in slopes gives Kidsty
Pike its appeal when viewed from Haweswater, or (for example) on the M6
motorway near Shap. From here, in profile the summit appears as an acute
Rampsgill Head is only a short distance away but
eastwards the ridge continues for about a mile dropping gently to Kidsty
Howes above the lake. This rocky outcrop marks the final steep descent
to the shore.
The only direct route of ascent is from the road
end at Mardale Head. The lakeshore is followed to the ruins of
Riggindale Farm which, like the other houses in the valley, was blown up
by the Army as demolition practice while the waters rose. From here the
old path up the ridge can be followed via Kidsty Howes.
summit has a small cairn on grass immediately above the Riggindale face.
The higher fells of the High Street range obscure much of the view
although a section of Lakeland is visible across the Straits of
routes near Kidsty Pike