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Pillar
892m (2928ft)

The Western Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

The summit of Pillar is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.


Record Pillar as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
11th highest in England,
29th in England & Wales

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English Nuttall
13th highest in England,
33rd in England & Wales

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English Marilyn
6th highest in England,
249th highest in Great Britain

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

Walk Pillar walking UK Mountains in The Western Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Pillar Summit

Photo: David Swales

You can find Pillar & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL4 The English Lakes - North Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


See Pillar and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Pillar and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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See the location of Pillar and all 7 walks that climb it on an interactive Google Map


You can walk to the top of Pillar by using any of these 7 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c387 Pillar from Black Sail Hut

Remote and awesome

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 5.25ml (8.5km)
Ascent:2,301ft (701m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 5 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c240 Kirk Fell, Pillar and Little Scoat Fell from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Fantastic high level walk with glorious views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.75ml (12.5km)
Ascent:4,808ft (1,465m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c160 Pillar from Gatesgarth, Buttermere

Simply awesome

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.25ml (16.5km)
Ascent:4,611ft (1,405m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

One of Lakeland's finest walks - unmissable

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17km)
Ascent:4,001ft (1,219m)
Time:8 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c101 Pillar and Little Scoat Fell from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

One of Lakeland's finest walks - unmissable

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:4,782ft (1,457m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Superb high level route from remote Wasdale

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.25ml (18km)
Ascent:5,819ft (1,773m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)
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Walk c120 The Ennerdale Horseshoe

Strenuous, high level route worth every step - if you have the energy!

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 18.75ml (30km)
Ascent:7,309ft (2,408m)
Time:14.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Pillar Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Pillar

Christine Shepherd walked up Pillar on May 15th, 2005 [from/via/route] Walked from Wasdale Head following the route outlined on walk c343. Used walk c240 with Yewbarrow added on on 23.8.21 with Stephen. Used walk c101 with the addi.tion of Haycock between Steeple & Red Pike with Louise on 20.4.24. [with] On my own [weather] Fine but chilly. - Met another lady walking on her own but imagine my surprise when she started unpacking a radio mast from her rucksack. She was a radio ham broadcasting from unusual places! Climbed again using walk c240 on 23.8.21 Added on Yewbarrow at the end.

Sarah Moore climbed Pillar on April 8th, 2023 [from/via/route] c130 / Caw Fell, Haycock & Steeple... with extra! from Ennerdale YHA [with] On my own [weather] Great day for it - almost too hot at points - clear for miles & sunny & beautiful - Couldn't believe how quiet it was for an Easter weekend - remote but incredible

Kevin Foster bagged Pillar on July 7th, 2022 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head [with] By myself. [weather] Dry & sunny. - From Looking Stead I followed the climbers path past Robinson cairn & Pillar Rock via the Shamrock Traverse. Had a close look at the Slab & Notch route up Pillar Rock but sensibly decided not to try it solo without ropes. Afterwards I climbed up the steep path to the summit wind shelter to contemplate on my failed Nuttalls challenge.

Tim Winn hiked Pillar on April 2nd, 2022 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head [with] Barry, Paul and Roger [weather] Sunny

Paul Macey summited Pillar on August 16th, 2021 [from/via/route] C101 [with] L [weather] Cloudy

Michael Austin conquered Pillar on June 18th, 2021 [from/via/route] C130

Darren Wilson scaled Pillar on June 20th, 2021 [from/via/route] Last Wainright walks Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Pillar & Kirk Fell [with] Mike [weather] Sunny dry beautiful day out, steep climb up

Jeremy Torrance walked up Pillar on October 12th, 2019 [from/via/route] Wasdale [with] Noel, Ash, Tim, Jon, Stu

Andrew Johnson climbed Pillar on December 1st, 2020 [from/via/route] Ennerdale [weather] Great weather

Martin Woods bagged Pillar on August 31st, 2020 [from/via/route] From wasdale head pillar, scoat fell, steeple, red pike & yeabarrow walk [with] Myself [weather] Sunny 15 to 18 degrees - Some scrambling over the top, amazing views & great fun

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Pillar

The cairn on the summit of Pillar Rock

The cairn on the summit of Pillar Rock

Photo: Christine Shepherd (652)

Scarth Gap and Hay stacks (Haystacks) above Ennerdale from The High Level Route, Pillar

Scarth Gap and Hay stacks (Haystacks) above Ennerdale from The High Level Route, Pillar

Photo: David Connolly (25)

Pillar (left), Kirk Fell and Great Gable (right) from Sca Fell

Pillar (left), Kirk Fell and Great Gable (right) from Sca Fell

Photo: Greg Campbell (11)

Looking stead (Pillar) & Pillar behind Green Crag (Buttermere) & Hay Stacks (Haystacks) with High Crag (Buttermere) (right) from near Dubs Quarry

Looking stead (Pillar) & Pillar behind Green Crag (Buttermere) & Hay Stacks (Haystacks) with High Crag (Buttermere) (right) from near Dubs Quarry

Photo: Alan Wainwright (239)

Pillar (left), Ennerdale Water, Seat (Buttermere), Gamlin End and High Crag (centre), Crummock Water and Grasmoor (right) from the summit of Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Pillar (left), Ennerdale Water, Seat (Buttermere), Gamlin End and High Crag (centre), Crummock Water and Grasmoor (right) from the summit of Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Photo: Michael Lee (4)

Kirk Fell with Pillar and Little Scoat Fell beyond from Great Gable summit

Kirk Fell with Pillar and Little Scoat Fell beyond from Great Gable summit

Photo: Matt Delemare (33)

Small tarn near the summit of Looking Stead (Pillar)

Small tarn near the summit of Looking Stead (Pillar)

Photo: Christine Shepherd (344)

Pillar Rock from Pillar

Pillar Rock from Pillar

Photo: David Connolly (28)

*Red Pike, Black Crag, Pillar and Looking Stead from Mosedale, Wasdale

*Red Pike, Black Crag, Pillar and Looking Stead from Mosedale, Wasdale

Photo: Wayne Hill (6)

Ennerdale with Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and the High Stile ridge (right) and Looking Stead and Pillar (left) from Brandreth

Ennerdale with Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and the High Stile ridge (right) and Looking Stead and Pillar (left) from Brandreth

Photo: Martyn Hibbert (8)

Looking Stead (Pillar) from The High Level Route, Pillar

Looking Stead (Pillar) from The High Level Route, Pillar

Photo: David Connolly (24)

360 degree panorama featuring Great Gable, Green Gable, Little Scoat Fell & Pillar (distance), Brandreth, Dale Head (Newlands), High Spy, Glaramara, Esk Pike, Great End and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

360 degree panorama featuring Great Gable, Green Gable, Little Scoat Fell & Pillar (distance), Brandreth, Dale Head (Newlands), High Spy, Glaramara, Esk Pike, Great End and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (15)

Red Pike (centre left), Pillar, Yewbarrow (centre), Kirk Fell & Great Gable (right) beyond Wast Water from Whin Rigg

Red Pike (centre left), Pillar, Yewbarrow (centre), Kirk Fell & Great Gable (right) beyond Wast Water from Whin Rigg

Photo: Ian Mansell (12)

Ennerdale Bridge, Bowness Knott, Great Bourne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile and Pillar sourrounding Ennerdale Water from the summit of Crag Fell

Ennerdale Bridge, Bowness Knott, Great Bourne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile and Pillar sourrounding Ennerdale Water from the summit of Crag Fell

Photo: Steven Mostyn (26)

Little Scoat Fell and Pillar (distance) with Brandreth (foreground) from Base Brown

Little Scoat Fell and Pillar (distance) with Brandreth (foreground) from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (17)

Pillar, Top of Stirrup Crag and Kirk Fell from the summit of Yewbarrow

Pillar, Top of Stirrup Crag and Kirk Fell from the summit of Yewbarrow

Photo: David Hemingway (5)

Taking a breather on 'the slab' - about a third of the way up Pillar Rock

Taking a breather on 'the slab' - about a third of the way up Pillar Rock

Photo: Christine Shepherd (650)

Looking Stead (Pillar) and Pillar itself towering above the upper reaches of Ennerdale from Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Looking Stead (Pillar) and Pillar itself towering above the upper reaches of Ennerdale from Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Photo: Mike Walker (552)

Pillar (left) and Ennerdale Water from the summit of Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Pillar (left) and Ennerdale Water from the summit of Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Photo: Michael Lee (5)

Pillar from High Crag (Buttermere)

Pillar from High Crag (Buttermere)

Photo: Rob Barklamb (10)


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