Where is this walk?

Causey Pike

April 1, 2020

The distinctive summit knolls of Causey Pike can be seen from miles away. The steep climb though is hard. From the summit head over Scar Crags and Sail before returning over Outerside.

The Walk

I climbed Causey Pike just before the March Covid shut down. The whole area was eerily quiet but the walk as ever was excellent. There is no doubt that the climb via Rolling End is steep. 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. In contrast the western views are closed out by the higher mountains of the Coledale Round. Causey Pike is not always included on the full circuit of popular horseshoe walk. However it offers an excellent perspective of the distance and effort required.

Fortunately this walk does not require so much energy and time. However a walk straight up and down does not do any justice to the mountain. Therefore continue along the ridge as far as you fancy. Although Grasmoor stands at the far end I prefer to stop at Sail. From here a good path drops north and in to the col that links Sail with Outerside. Add Outerside to the day, it is worth the little extra effort for 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.

Navigation Tips on Causey Pike

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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