Sheffield Pike is a fell in the English Lake District, an outlier of
the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells. It stands on the eastern side
of the range looking down on Ullswater.
A broad ridge runs eastward from the summit of
Stybarrow Dodd crossing a grassy saddle to the subsidiary top of White
Stones. The rocky fall into the head of Glencoyne prevents further
eastward progress and the ridge splits into two flanking the valley to
north and south.
The northern arm continues to Hart Side, while
the southern branch drops down a heavily quarried slope to the
depression of Nick Head (1,919 ft). From here it rises again to the top
of Sheffield Pike.
Broadly oval in plan, Sheffield Pike separates Glencoyne from the
Glenridding valley to the south. Both flanks are steep, the Glenridding
Screes particularly so and the upper slopes have substantial outcrops of
East of the summit is a second top named Heron Pike
(c.1,985 ft), a rock turret backed by a couple of tiny tarns. Beyond
here the ridge tumbles down a further rocky slope to The Rake (1,300 ft),
a narrow col connecting to Glenridding Dodd.
A further ridge
descends from the summit area of Sheffield Pike, also running eastward,
but a little to the north of Glenridding Dodd. This falls to the shore
of Ullswater through Glencoyne Wood.
The summit of Sheffield Pike
has varied terrain with areas of bog between the rocky outcrops. A broad
cairn marks the summit also carrying an old stone boundary marker dated
Given that this was not noted by Alfred Wainwright in his
1955 Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells the exact provenance of this
stone is uncertain. Heron Pike bears a single iron post, another
The view from the top is restricted by the
higher fells of the Helvellyn range. Ullswater can be better seen from
either Heron Pike or from the cairn above Black Crag on the Glencoyne
Ascents are usually made from Glenridding village either
via The Rake or Nick Head. These two depressions can also be used to
provide access from the quieter valley of Glencoyne.
indirect route is to climb Glenridding Dodd first and then proceed
either to Hart Side for a circuit of Glencoyne, or to Stybarrow Dodd and
Helvellyn for a much longer horseshoe of Glenridding.
routes near Sheffield Pike