Rossett Pike is a fell in the English Lake District located at the
head of Mickleden, one of two tributary valleys of Great Langdale.
A bridge of high ground connects the Southern and Central Fells,
running from Bow Fell in the Scafells to Pike of Stickle, one of the
Langdale Pikes. Rossett Pike is the high point of this ridge bordered by
Mickleden in the south and Langstrath to the north.
A narrow ridge falls north east from Bow Fell,
constricted between Angle Tarn and the steep defile of Rossett Gill
rising up from Mickleden. Angle Tarn is a feeder of the Langstrath and
occupies a circular corrie beneath Hanging Knotts, small trout lurking
in its 50 ft depths.
Beyond this pinch point the ridge steps down
over the three tops of Rossett Pike, Buck Pike (1,988 ft) and Black Crag
(1,929 ft). All are considered to be part of the same fell by most
writers, although, this view is not universal, with Black Crags having
enough re-ascent to qualify as a separate hill by some measures.
The ridge continues north east narrowing again above Langdale Combe.
At this point it is crossed by Stake Pass, a walkers' thoroughfare
running from Great Langdale to Borrowdale via the Langstrath. It now
sees increased traffic as a part of the popular Cumbria Way long
Beyond the Stake with its small summit tarn the
ridge turns east and broadens, becoming indistinct as it crosses
Martcrag Moor before rising to the Langdale Pikes.
flanks of Rossett Pike rise above an array of green ridges to a tier of
crags running below the ridgeline.
In addition to Black Crag
there is Rossett Crag set just beneath the summit. The northern face is
less steep, falling only half as far to the upper gathering grounds of
Rossett Pike summit is marked by a small cairn
and gives fine views of the Langdale Pikes although the looming presence
of Bow Fell restricts the westward vista. A slightly lower cairn to the
east brings the abyss of the head of Mickleden into view.
Gill provides a second major walking route out of Great Langdale, this
path heading via Angle Tarn to Esk Hause.
conceived as a means of reaching distant Wasdale, it is now more
commonly used as a fellwalkers' springboard to the Scafells.
Direct climbs of Rossett Pike are almost invariably made via one of the
Rossett Gill provides the shorter route from
Great Langdale but the Stake is also perfectly practicable.
Stonethwaite in Borrowdale, Stake Pass is the primary means of ascent
although Angle Tarn can also be reached.
Rossett Pike is also
popular as an indirect climb when taken as a top in the round of Great
Langale, a long but glorious ridge walk.
routes near Rossett Pike