Red Pike from Ennerdale

Name of walk Red Pike from Ennerdale
Date of walk 2013-08-26
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 30 minutes
Weather Blue skies and quite hot, but a bit hazy
Peaks on walk Red Pike
Walked with Brendan
Parking Bowness Knott

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Ennerdale to climb up Red Pike (2479ft). The last time I took Brendan here the view was just cloud and he saw nothing. Red Pike has one of the best views in the Lakes and is not to be missed! It was a Bank Holiday Monday, we couldn’t go in yesterday’s good weather because of little Molly Woodcock’s Christening. Luckily the weather held for Monday too. We had to avoid all the tourist areas, so Ennerdale looked the best destination and once you venture away from the car park at Bowness Knott it was very quiet.

Fr. John had got himself a new model of Garmin GPS, so I got his old one and this was the first time of trying it out…..not that I need a GPS. I am quite handy with ye olde mappe and compass. So I would give it a go and see how it fared.


The River Liza from the bridge


Low cloud on Crag Fell and Caw


The Youth Hostel at High Gillerthwaite now has a cafe. As the clouds are still low we stop for a coffee.


It is help yourself, and pay in the honesty box.


We head for the gate across the road where we begin the hard slog up the side of the fell through the bracken. The slopes of Red Pike on the right. The summit is out of view.


Looking back down to Brendan and a group of Coast to Coasters as I wait for him to catch up.


Much higher now. Looking down the length of Ennerdale.


Starling Dodd and looking out to Hen Comb, Blake fell, Burnbank Fell etc on the far right.


Looking down on Crummock Water from the summit. Mellbreak left, Grasmoor and Rannerdale Knotts right.


Looking across Dodd and a peek at Derwent Water in the gap.


Buttermere and Bleaberry Tarn with Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head behind.


High Stile.


Note the Garmin GPS on my belt!


Looking down Lingcomb Edge


Starling Dodd and Great Borne.


I wonder how long before the vandals strike?


Summit cairn and High Stile.


We stop for lunch on the summit and then walk to White Pike.


View down Ennerdale from White Pike.


We head back down. The Garmin actually helps to locate the path, although I would have found it without help. Looking up the valley of a close up of Green Gable and Great Gable where John and I were a week and a bit ago.


The ridge up to Steeple I did with Ged last year.


Pillar Rock, Pillar, Scoat Fell and Steeple.


Back at High Gillerthwaite. Our route up was just before the gate.


View back from Ennerdale water.


We stopped for a meal at the Fox and Hounds at Ennerdale Bridge and after we looked in St. Mary's.



Fell ponies on Cold Fell




When we got home Tom had returned from his 6 days sleeping under canvas in a field at the Leeds Music Festival. Muddy!

The walk was about 9 miles and took us six and a half hours. The Garmin GPS worked fine for showing where we were and showing our track. But when we got back to the car park I realised I seemed to have forgotten to zero it, and it said we had done 48 miles, and had started from Keswick doing an average speed of 6.8mph……oopps! Maybe next time I will read the instructions.
Yeah, right!