Causey Pike -  Route One

 

Start - Stonycroft Bridge NY 232 212 Distance - 1.3 miles Ascent - 1,730 feet Time - 1hour : 10 minutes


Stoneycroft Gill Bridge
Stoneycroft Gill Bridge with Rowling End rising steeply above it.  From this angle the summit of Causey Pike appears to be a separate fell. There are parking spaces on either side of the bridge for a couple of cars but more is available nearby.
Rowling End and Causey Pike
 The path starts on the southern side of the bridge 
Rowling End
The path heads towards the low rocks of Ellas Crag, seen here on the left, then continues above them on the left skyline 
The path to Sleet Hause
After climbing a couple of hundred feet the path intersects a much clearer path that comes up from Rowling End Farm and Stair. This rises across the flank of Rowling End to the depression of Sleet Hause. This is the most popular way to Causey Pike but the route taken today is the original path and has better views, although it is much steeper.
The path to Rowling End
The path cuts straight across the Sleet Hause route and continues on towards Ellas Crag
Stoneycroft Gill
Stoneycroft Gill from the climb to Ellas Crag. The track on the opposite side of the gill is the old mine road that once served the cobalt mine which is located near the top of Sail Pass 
Stoneycroft Farm
Looking down from the lower part of Rowling End to Stonycroft Farm and the starting point near the bridge
Catbells from Ellas Crag
The summit of Catbells across the Newlands Valley from the path alongside Ellas Crag
The upper path on Rowling End
The upper part of Rowling End, above Ellas Crag, the path winds its way through areas of dense heather and bleaberry
The upper Newlands Valley, the climb up Rowling End really is this steep!  Maiden Moor and High Spy lie across the valley and the appropriately named Dale Head is at its.........head.
Newlands Valley from Rowling End
Nearly at the top of Rowling End and a last look down to the valley as the angle of the slope eases.
Derwent Water and Blencathra from Rowling End
Derwent Water and Blencathra from the summit of Rowling End, the views to the north and east were beginning to get quite murky although to the west they remained very clear.
The upper Newlands Valley from Rowling End
The Newlands Valley from Rowling End
High Stile and Red Pike from Rowling End
Looking south-west from Rowling End to Robinson with High Stile and Red Pike above High Snockrigg
Causey Pike from Rowling End
The way ahead from the top of Rowling End along a fairly level ridge to the final steep rise to the summit
The valley of Rigg Beck
Looking along the valley of Rigg Beck which provides a quick through route to the Buttermere Valley for walkers
Causey Pike from near Sleet Hause
Approaching the slight depression of Sleet Hause where the more popular path will join from the right
Grisedale Pike
Looking across to Grisedale Pike on the walk along the ridge
The east ridge of Causey Pike
At the foot of the east ridge
The valley of Rigg Beck from the east ridge
Looking along the valley of Rigg Beck from the start of the climb
The east ridge of Causey Pike
Halfway up the east ridge, it's about five hundred feet of ascent from Sleet Hause
The High Stile ridge over Aikin Knott
From the halfway point, looking over Aikin Knott on Ard Crags to the High Stile ridge
The upper part of the east ridge
Approaching the final rock tower on the east ridge which may require a little mild scrambling to ascend, especially in wet conditions
Rigg Beck
Another look along Rigg Beck from the base of the rock tower.  The domed top in the centre is Starling Dodd which was AW's final summit when he completed the field work for the seven guides on 10 September 1965
The summit of Causey Pike

The summit of Causey Pike.  Its distinctive top, which resembles a clenched fist, is instantly recognised in distant views from other fells     
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Rowling End from the summit of Causey Pike
Looking back along the route from Rowling End
The Whinlatter fells from Causey Pike
Looking over the east ridge of Grisedale Pike to the Whinlatter fells
Bassenthwaite Lake from Causey Pike
The view north to Binsey beyond Bassenthwaite Lake
Skiddaw from Causey Pike
Over Barrow and Braithwaite village to the Skiddaw range
Blencathra and Derwent Water from Causey Pike
Blencathra and Derwent Water
The Helvellyn range from Causey Pike
Looking east to the Helvellyn range over Catbells and the Bleaberry Fell ~ High Seat ridge
Maiden Moor and High Spy from Causey Pike
Maiden Moor and High Spy across Newlands
Dale Head and Hindscarth from Causey Pike
Dale Head and Hindscarth.  On the skyline beyond them from left are Bowfell, Esk Pike, the Scafells, Great Gable and Kirk Fell
Robinson from Causey Pike
Robinson with Kirk Fell on the left and Pillar on the right, High Crag in front of Pillar
The High Stile ridge from Causey Pike
Looking over Ard Crags and Knott Rigg to High Stile and Red Pike
The valley of Rigg Beck from Causey Pike
Looking along Rigg Beck with Whiteless Pike and Wandope on the right and Red Pike and Starling Dodd on the skyline
The ridge to Eel Crag from Causey Pike
The connecting ridge beyond Causey Pike to Scar Crags, Sail and Eel Crag
Grisedale Pike from Causey Pike
Grisdale Pike with Sand Hill and Hopegill Head on the left

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