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High Pike (Scandale)
656m (2153ft)

The Eastern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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(No. 109)

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Walk c184 High Pike from Ambleside

Quieter alternative to the popular routes from Ambleside

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:3,551ft (1,082m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c247 The Fairfield Horseshoe from Ambleside

A classic lakeland horseshoe walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:3,633ft (1,107m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c389 Great Rigg, Fairfield and Hart Crag from Ambleside

A variation on a classic route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12.25ml (19.5km)
Ascent:3,984ft (1,214m)
Time:8½ hrs
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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited High Pike (Scandale) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged High Pike (Scandale)

Richard Fulcher walked up High Pike (Scandale) on September 5th, 2015 [from/via/route] Fairfield horseshoe from Ambleside / Rydal [with] Dave Jobling [weather] Fine

Melfyn Parry climbed High Pike (Scandale) on November 21st, 2023 [from/via/route] Followed route C247 - walked out of Ambleside on the A591 & just after Scandale Bridge we crossed the road to follow the lane into the Rydal Hall estate, went passed the cafe & the Hall & then turned right to pass Rydal Mount. Here we veered left to take the stone steps path to the top of Nab Scar, again following a well defined path we were soon on Heron Pike. Continuing along the path with a slight detour to ascend Heron Pike north top. Continuing on to Great Rigg & onwards to Fairfield. We stopped here for lunch & the clouds lifted to give great views over towards Helvellyn & Sunday Crag. After pausing to take some photos we retraced our steps for a few metres before heading left to follow the ridge line to ascend Hart Crag, then Dove Crag & then High Pike. The undulating ridge takes you through some quite boggy areas & on to Low Pike & then down to High Sweden Bridge (a fascinating old bridge). All that was left to do from here was to follow the trail downwards in to Ambleside returning to the village by the Salutation Hotel. [with] DS [weather] Visibility was very good below 800m. By lunchtime the cloud had lifted even more to give clear views of the whole horseshoe. A dry day with sunny intervals, quite cold above 600m but very pleasant below this level. - Doing the walk in a clockwise direction as per C247 is best as the ascent anticlockwise would be much more of a cardio vascular workout.

David Higginbottom bagged High Pike (Scandale) on February 8th, 2023 [from/via/route] Route 247 [with] Carolyn [weather] Very poor

James Hughes hiked High Pike (Scandale) on June 26th, 2023 [from/via/route] Nab Scar, Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield, Hart Cragg, Dove Cragg, High Pike, Low Pike [with] Solo [weather] Four seasons in a day. Unsettled with showers at times, cold & misty around Fairfield, improved on descent into Ambleside. - Chatted with Andrew from Littleborough. Outraged by parking cost & then toilet fee. Pint at Golden Rule (Robinsons Cumbria Way) at end.

Rob Prikanowski summited High Pike (Scandale) on June 21st, 2023 [from/via/route] c247 [weather] Cloudy but dry, strong wind.

Angeline Grieveson conquered High Pike (Scandale) on April 23rd, 2023 [with] Dotty

Tim Winn scaled High Pike (Scandale) on March 24th, 2023 [from/via/route] Ambleside [with] Barry, Paul, Roger, Andy and Dave [weather] Wet from the sky & under foot.

Ian Ashton walked up High Pike (Scandale) on December 10th, 2022 [with] Solo [weather] Snow

Sarah Moore climbed High Pike (Scandale) on December 5th, 2022 [from/via/route] c247 / The Fairfield Horseshoe (from Ambleside) [with] On my own [weather] Beautiful start with a cold edge... turning to icy cold with sleet & minimal visibility between Great Rigg - Fairfield - Hart Crag. - This one scared me. The realisation that if I slipped up at Fairfield then I don't know that I could have waited an hour plus for mountain rescue was very scary. Used the GPS & was proud of myself but major "eeek"

Mr Davison bagged High Pike (Scandale) on November 18th, 2017 [from/via/route] Fairfield horseshoe [with] Ian F, Ian F, Mike, Gary, Simon, Martyn, Andy [weather] sunny,

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of High Pike (Scandale)

High Pike (Scandale) from Low Pike (Scandale)

High Pike (Scandale) from Low Pike (Scandale)

Photo: Mike Walker (319)

High Pike (Scandale) from Low Pike (Scandale)

High Pike (Scandale) from Low Pike (Scandale)

Photo: Les Swindell (7)

Low Pike (Scandale) and Lake Windermere from High Pike (Scandale)

Low Pike (Scandale) and Lake Windermere from High Pike (Scandale)

Photo: Les Swindell (5)

My wife just below High Pike (Scandale) during a temperature inversion on the Fairfield Horseshoe

My wife just below High Pike (Scandale) during a temperature inversion on the Fairfield Horseshoe

Photo: Mike Frith (1)

Middle Dodd, Red Screes, Snarker Pike, the Scandale Valley and Lake Windermere from High Pike (Scandale)

Middle Dodd, Red Screes, Snarker Pike, the Scandale Valley and Lake Windermere from High Pike (Scandale)

Photo: Mike Walker (323)

Dove Crag from High Pike (Scandale)

Dove Crag from High Pike (Scandale)

Photo: Peter Inglis (2)

High Pike (Scandale) summit cairn

High Pike (Scandale) summit cairn

Photo: Mike Walker (322)

Great Rigg (right) and High Pike (Scandale) (left) from Dove Crag

Great Rigg (right) and High Pike (Scandale) (left) from Dove Crag

Photo: Christine Shepherd (7)

Rocky outcrop marking the summit of Low Pike (Scandale) with High Pike (Scandale) (above left) in the background

Rocky outcrop marking the summit of Low Pike (Scandale) with High Pike (Scandale) (above left) in the background

Photo: Mike Walker (317)

High Pike (Scandale) and Lake Windermere from Dove Crag

High Pike (Scandale) and Lake Windermere from Dove Crag

Photo: Les Swindell (3)

Low Pike (Scandale) and Lake Windermere from High Pike (Scandale)

Low Pike (Scandale) and Lake Windermere from High Pike (Scandale)

Photo: Les Swindell (4)


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