Sheffield Pike

No need to cross the Pennines to tackle this peak - just beyond Glenridding will do, since it is located between there and Glencoyne, on the western shore of Ullswater. Ascent was through Glencoyne Wood, past the row of ex-miners’ cottages known as ‘Seldom Seen’, then by a traverse below Heron Pike to the south-east ridge of the summit area. After reaching Heron Pike itself (an excellent spot for lunch), we continued on to Sheffield Pike summit proper, then descended by dropping down to the Nick Head path, and thereby back to ‘base’.
Wainwright marks the traverse to Heron Pike as being to the left of a steepish slope of boulders and heather, but not spotting this detail, I took us to the right instead, straight up through the boulder-field. As a result, half way up, my dog Sooty decided to become ‘crag-fast’, and had to be carried the rest of the way, giving rise to much merriment and sarcasm on the part of the other member of the party, my good friend Jim Mercer! He (Sooty) made an amazing recovery after that, however, and duly scampered about everywhere else during the remainder of the walk. All in all, thus, despite a small amount of errant path-finding, another great day out, and as the photos below show, in wall-to-wall autumn sunshine!
[Note: earlier walks on this fell can be viewed here and here.]
(Highest point: 2,215ft/675m. Distance: 3.6 miles/5.79 km. Ascent: 1808 ft./551m.)

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