Red Pike, Buttermere, Coast to Coast

How to get to Red Pike

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Ascent of Red Pike
Red Pike is a steep challenge for Coast to Coast walkers wishing to vary their route from Ennerdale Water to Honister. It is part of the Herdus to Haystacks ridge walk and is easily accessed from the Coast to Coast path via a firebreak through Latterbarrow Forest near to High Gillerthwaite.
From the top of the firebreak, once out of the forest, the path veers towards the north east to take a bee-line to its summit, skirting to the west of the steeper contours around White Pike. Near the summit the path intersects the ridge walk that begins on Herdus, passing over Great Borne, Starling Dodd and Little Dodd. Red Pike, the next summit on this ridge top, stands at 755 meters, and overlooks Bleaberry Tarn, which drains via Sourmilk Gill into Buttermere.

Although the skies were blue and clear when we set off at the foot of Red Pike, by the time we had neared its summit mist was shrouding any views of Buttermere, although occasionally lifting long enough for some interesting photographs as we continued along the ridge to High Stile, High Crag and descending down Gamlin End to Scarth Gap.
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Coast to Coast Trail Guide

Start of the Red Pike climb, through the Firebreak at High Gillerthwaite

Firebreak to Red Pike

Carol climbing Red Pike

Carol ascending Red Pike

Summit of Red Pike

Summit of Red Pike

Ridge between Little Dodd and Red Pike

Crummock Water is visible beyond the ridge
Little Dodd Ridge Walk

Ennerdale Water from Red Pike

Ennerdale Water from Red Pike