One of the great things about the English Lake District is the variety of possible routes up most of the hills, or fells (from the Norse - fjell). This means you can enjoy a short walk climbing a single hill, from different starting points, or you can combine several summits in a longer hike along a ridge.
Causey Pike's distinctive shape is easily recognised across Derwentwater from the boat landings at Keswick. Wainwright lists ascents from Braithwaite and Stair, and connections on the ridge to Scar Crags and Eel Crag. You can continue onto the Grisedale Pike ridge leading back down to Braithwaite for an exhilarating day's walk of about 10 miles, climbing over 3000 ft. On this occasion I didn't have time for the full ridge walk, and found a rewarding circular hike of about 7 miles (11.5 km) starting from and returning to Stair, in the scenic Newlands Valley.
- I'll remember most the shapely ridge from Causey Pike over Scar Crags
- The best bit was when the sun broke through and lit up the mountains
- The worst bit was having to cut the walk short - but as a result I climbed Outerside and Barrow for the first time
- The strangest moments were finding someone's reading glasses lying by the path - and then meeting someone who agreed to take them into Keswick Police Station!
- Words of warning - there is a bit of a scramble up to the top of Causey Pike requiring some care. For those who are nervous of heights, it's easier climbing up than down, but there is no real danger. The ridge walk is not exposed at any point, but the path down from the ridge crosses a steep slope and requires some care.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne - October 2010< Back to England page for links to other stories
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|Location||4 miles SW of Keswick in the NW part of the Lake District|
|Date walked||8 October 2010|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires good stamina and strong footwear|
|Distance||7 miles / 11.5 km|
|Height climbed||3170 ft|
|Time taken||3 hrs|
|Map used||Ordnance Survey English Lakes North West Sheet, 1:25,000, and old One-Inch Tourist Map of the Lake District|
|Walk source info||Wainwright Book 6: North-Western Fells|
|Getting there||By car via the A66, parking on the west Newlands road above Stair|
|Places to stay||Swinside Inn 1 mile from starting point, and many other places in Braithwaite, Portinscale and Keswick|
|Other features||The shivering scree slope of Barrow above Newlands Valley - to be avoided by the walker!|