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Low Pike

 
   

 

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Height: 508m (1,667ft) GPS: NY 37354 07832 Walking Routes

Low Pike is a small fell in the English Lake District with a modest height of 508 m (1,667 ft) and is situated three kilometres north of Ambleside.

Low Pike is well seen from the streets of the town as the first prominent fell on the ridge which continues northwards for a further four kilometres to Fairfield. This ridge is part of the Fairfield horseshoe walk and Low Pike is most commonly ascended as part of this.

The top of the fell is a small rocky peak which requires a bit of scrambling and a stone wall goes directly over the peak giving no room for a cairn of any size.

The view is restricted by surrounding higher fells but the Langdale and Coniston fells show well over the low ground at the head of Windermere. There is also a good aerial view of Ambleside and the head of Windermere lake.

The direct ascent from Ambleside is straightforward as a signpost points to Low Sweden Bridge from the centre of Ambleside.

After reaching the bridge and crossing the Scandale Beck a high dry-stone wall is followed for two kilometres along the spine of the ridge to reach the summit.

A visit to High Sweden Bridge may be incorporated at the start of this walk as it is a typical Cumbrian Packhorse bridge. It has no direct Scandinavian connection except that its name comes from the Norse word ‘svithinn’ which means “land cleared by burning”.

Most walkers who climb Low Pike continue to the adjoining fells of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

These are High Pike, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg and Heron Pike before returning to Ambleside.

Walking routes near Low Pike

 

 

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