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Sheffield Pike



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Height: 675m (2,215ft) GPS: NY 36910 18178 Walking Routes

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 rock.

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 1830.

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 boundary marker.

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 side.

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.

A popular 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.

Walking routes near Sheffield Pike



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