The distinctive summit knolls of Causey Pike can be seen from miles away. Everyone knows Causey Pike. The steep climb though is hard. From the summit head over Scar Crags and Sail before returning over Outerside.
I climbed Causey Pike just before the Coronus shut down. The whole area was eerily quiet but the walk as ever was excellent. There is a steep climb of Causey Pike via Rolling End. There is even a little hands on scrambling if you look for it. The summit is perched spectacularly over Newlands valley with memorable views east to Derwentwater and beyond, west in to the heart of the Coledale Round and south across this lovely valley.
However a walk up and down does not do any justice to the mountain. Head along the ridge as far as you fancy, many do the full Coledale Round. Grasmoor stands at the end but normally I stop at Sail. A good path drops north and in to the col that links Sail with Outerside. Climb the fell and enjoy the views towards Skiddaw. Finally drop in to the valley between Causey Pike and Outerside and return to the car.
This really is an unremittingly steep climb. Prepare yourself. My first climb with Helen nearly ended our relationship there and then.
The only route finding difficulty is a faint path when linking Outerside with the large bridlepath on the return. It is there. Where the descent flattens it is on your right.
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