Whiteless Pike (660 metres high/2,165ft) is a fell in the
north-western English Lake District. It stands immediately east of
Crummock Water and forms a perfect pyramid shape when viewed from
In his celebrated guide to the Lakeland fells, Alfred
Wainwright called it "the Weisshorn of Buttermere". There are good views
of Great Gable and the Scafells from the summit.
Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers Derwent and Cocker, a
broadly oval swathe of hilly country elongated on a north-south axis.
Two roads cross from east to west dividing the fells into three
The central sector rising between Whinlatter
Pass and Newlands Pass includes Whiteless Pike.
The highest ground in the North Western Fells
is an east-west ridge in this central sector, beginning with Grasmoor
above Crummock Water and then gradually descending eastwards over Crag
Hill, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike.
Grasmoor has the greatest
elevation but Crag Hill stands at the hub of the range. It sends out a
subsidiary ridge to the south west, stepping down over Wandope and
Whiteless Pike toward Buttermere village.
From the broad plateau of Wandope, the fine and airy ridge of
Whiteless Edge descends south west to the depression at Saddle Gate
(2,065 ft). A short climb then leads to the summit of Whiteless Pike.
The ridge now turns south and falls to the wide shoulder of Whiteless
Breast (1,440 ft), from where the slope continues down to Buttermere
village. This is not however the end of the ridge, which twists sharply
north west to continue to Rannerdale Knotts. Both sides of the ridge are
The eastern face of the fell drains via several
feeders into Sail Beck, bound for Crummock Water via Buttermere Village.
The north western flanks supply Rannerdale Beck, another feeder of
Crummock Water which flows between Whiteless Pike and Grasmoor. The
sharp elbow in the ridge between Whiteless Pike and Rannerdale Knotts
forms the head of Squat Beck, a tributary of Rannerdale.
Whiteless Pike has a small peaked summit overlain with loose stones and
bearing a cairn. The steep slopes add foreground to the view which
includes a fine prospect of the Scafells.
The Helvellyn range and
Western Fells are well seen, with the rather drab close-up of Grasmoor
perhaps the only disappointment. Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater
complete the view.
For the ascent, Buttermere provides the obvious starting
point, climbing on a good path up Whiteless Breast and onto the ridge.
From the shore of Crummock Water, access can be gained into Rannerdale,
branching off up the course of Squat Beck to the elbow in the ridge
between Rannerdale Knotts and Whiteless Pike.
Circuits of Rannerdale via
the complete ridge of Rannerdale Knotts can also be made.
routes near Whiteless Pike