Sheffield Pike

Sheffield Pike

Eastern Lake District

Route: Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike

Area: Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 18th February 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 2,000 feet

Weather: Plenty of sunny intervals, freezing on tops, a couple of light hailshowers

We parked in Glenridding, which is open for business following the recent devasting floods in Cumbria, and walked out of the village along the Greenside Road, leaving the road just before Rake Cottages to start the climb up Glenridding Dodd. We followed the path up The Rake and before long we were enjoying wonderful views from the summit of the fell. It was bitterly cold though so we didn’t linger long and made our way across to the ridge leading up to Sheffield Pike

We climbed up the steep path, reaching the snow line after a while. The path disappeared at this stage but we were able to follow the footprints of others to the summit of Sheffield Pike. Again it was too cold to linger so we were soon on our way down.

The initial part of the descent into Glencoyne proved to be very tricky and extreme care was needed. The narrow path runs at high level round the flanks of the fell and was covered in hard snow and sheet ice. Eventually we descended below the snow line and were able to make quicker progress along Glencoyne – a beautiful section of the walk

At the bottom of the valley we crossed the road and walked back into Glenridding. For the most part there is a path by the shore of Ullswater but there are a couple of places where it’s necessary to walk along the road

It had been a great walk in one of our favourite areas in the Lake District

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