Aye Gill Pike

  • Outstanding 360 degree views
  • Easy climb, steep descent
  • Dent is the best base

I have grown up with the view that any hill with the name Pike included should be rocky and possibly pointy (Langdales, Scafell, Dufton etc) but this seemed unlikely in the case of Aye Gill Pike. A glance at the map confirmed this, Aye Gill Pike was a broad whaleback mountain, separating the deep valleys of Garsdale and Dentdale.

Still, it had not been climbed so we headed off on a warm October day to right this wrong. Dentdale is always a good base, a quiet base admittedly, but pretty with a pleasant village. The climb itself was straightforward. I headed west along the Dales Way before hitting the ridge above Barth Bridge. A wall leads all the way to a summit (a new fence complicating the issue a little near the trig point) and sadly there was no sign of a Pike!

However the views were excellent, Aye Gill Pike lies bang in the centre of some excellent Dales mountains, with the Howgills particularly impressive from here. I descended steeply and directly towards Dent (3rd field to the west from the summit).

Recommend: The descent is steep, with bad knees it may be worth reversing the climb, the views partly compensate for the time taken.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 704801. There is good parking to the west of the village. Follow the road west for 200 metres to the Dales Way, take this to Barth Bridge (avoiding the road) and then follow the lane up to Lunds Farm.
Height to Climb: 440ms (1450 feet)
Terrain: The mountain has potential to be wet alongside the wall but then this is true of most walks! Starightforward to follow with a map.
Eating & Drinking: There are 2 cafes in Dent and 2 typical Dales style pubs,the George and Dragon and Sun Inn
Similar Walks Nearby: Whernside from Dent
The Lonely Howgills
Great Knoutberry & Upper Dentdale
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