Red Pike is a fell in the English Lake District, is
826 m or 2,709 ft (826 m) high and lies due north of Wast Water. It is
often climbed as part of the Mosedale Horseshoe, a walk which also
The Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of
the Lake District, bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and
Wasdale to the south east.
Westwards the hills diminish toward
the coastal plain of Cumberland.
At the central hub of the high
country are Great Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges
fan out on either flank of Ennerdale the western fells in effect being a
great horseshoe around this long wild valley. Red Pike is an outlier of
the southern arm.
The main watershed runs broadly westwards from
Great Gable, dividing the headwaters of Ennerdale and Wasdale.
Travelling in this direction the principal hills are Kirk Fell, Pillar,
Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell. Scoat Fell throws out a long southern
ridge terminating in Yewbarrow and Red Pike stands part way along.
The Red Pike ridge occupies a broad
area of high country between Nether Beck in the west and Mosedale in the
The Mosedale face is steeper with considerable areas of
Crag, whilst the western slopes descend slowly over a couple of miles.
The ridge begins at an unnamed col to the southeast of Scoat Fell.
This narrow depression is squeezed between Black Comb, the birthplace of
Mosedale Beck, and Scoat Tarn, the primary feeder of Nether Beck.
From the depression it is only a short climb to the summit of Red
Pike, the majority of the ridge lying beyond on the long south easterly
descent to Dore Head.
At this col the watershed turns south west,
rising to the twin summits of Yewbarrow. Dore Head is the source of Over
Beck, the stream separating Yewbarrow from the long western flanks of
Red Pike presents an almost continuous wall of crags
above Mosedale, particularly above Black Comb. Bull and Black Crags
meanwhile guard the southern section.
To the west a long shoulder
of land falls gradually between Nether Beck and Over Beck, narrowing as
the converge toward the shore of Wastwater.
In the middle of the
plateau is Low Tarn, a large shallow waterbody lying in a flat basin. It
drains via Brimfull Beck into Over Beck.
This whole area is
unfrequented with few paths amongst the grassy hillocks and low crags.
Scoat Tarn at the head of Nether Beck is by contrast a corrie tarn,
held in place by grassy morraines and its depth is around 65 ft (20 m).
Red Pike has a subsidiary southern top with a height of 2,627 ft
The main summit bears a cairn perched on the brink of
the Mosedale Crags.
To the west is a gentle slope, carpeted with
The southern top also bears a large cairn and, a
hundred yards beyond, is The Chair. This is an armchair shaped wind
shelter built onto a rock outcrop, a few yards off the path. It provides
a fine vantage point for views southward, and is so prominent on the
climb from Dore Head that it once gave its name to the fell.
Scoat Fell and Pillar obstruct the view northward and the Scafells are
well seen, as are the Wasdale Screes.
From Overbeck Bridge on the Wastwater road a way can be found
up to Low Tarn, gaining the summit via the long western slopes.
Alternatively Over Beck can be followed to its source at Dore Head,
before making up the south ridge.
Dore Head can also be reached
from Mosedale if starting from Wasdale Head, although a long climb up
scree is involved.
It is possible instead to ascend Black Comb on
easier slopes and then return to the summit.
Red Pike is often
the start of the Mosedale Horseshoe, a ridgewalk also visiting Scoat
Fell and Pillar. Depending upon the strength of the walker Yewbarrow and
Kirk Fell may also be added.
routes near Red Pike - Wasdale