Rampsgill Head is a fell in the English Lake District standing to
the west of Haweswater Reservoir in the Far Eastern Fells. It forms the
focal point of three ridges which fan out north east, north west and
The spine of the Far Eastern Fells, travelling north from
High Street, crosses the Straits of Riggindale and then collides head-on
with the steep U-shaped valley of Rampsgill which comes south to meet
The ridge splits in two, sending one arm around each side of
Rampsgill and the Martindale valley system of which this forms part.
The north western branch leads over the fells of The Knott and Rest
Dodd, finally reaching Place Fell above the head of Ullswater.
The north eastern branch continues the main ridge of the Far Eastern
Fells, running over High Raise and ending near the foot of Ullswater at
Between these two embracing arms are the valleys
of Boredale, Bannerdale, Rampsgill and Fusedale, collectively known as
Rampsgill Head stands at the junction of these three
ridges, with the summit a little to the north east.
a subsidiary top to the east, is given separate fell status by
Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells and that
convention is followed here. Rampsgill Head therefore occupies a very
small area for one of the higher fells.
The southern ridge to
High Street is the narrowest, closing down to little more than the width
of the path at the Straits of Riggindale.
The north eastern ridge
is also narrow once Kidsty Pike is passed, but the north western ridge
is much broader with the summit of The Knott standing off to the left.
The northern face of the fell drops 1,800 ft over rough ground into
the bowl of upper Rampsgill.
The south western flank above
Hayeswater and the south eastern above Riggindale (a feeder of
Haweswater) are craggier, none of them giving a realistic route of
ascent for the average walker.
High Street (the Roman road)
crosses the fell to the south-east of the summit, passing along the
ridge from High Street to High Raise. There is also a clear path along
the third ridge to The Knott.
The top is grassy with a little
outcropped rock with a cairn marking the top. A larger cairn is set on
the brink of the north face.
The view westward to the Helvellyns
is good with Ullswater and Brothers Water also visible.
can also be made via other fells from Patterdale, Hartsop and Mardale
routes near Rampsgill Head