Lake District walks - Causey Pike

Taken looking north from Sail Pass, this photo shows the path up Stonycroft Gill past Outerside (straight ahead, in front of Skiddaw) and round the flank of Causey Pike on the right. Scotland is easily visible in the far distance.

The same view, in March.

From Sail Pass one climbs up onto the Causey Pike ridge, which at this western end is usually referred to as Scar Crags.

The crags are on the southern side, as you can see. Note the quite large wood, all by itself surrounded by heather. You can see right across to Helvellyn, to the right of the triangular fell in the distance, which is Catstyecam. The second picture was taken in September, hence the purple heather.

Looking back from Causey Pike towards Scar Crags, Sail and Eel Crags.

Looking down on Newlands from Causey Pike. The village is Little Town, between Catbells on the left and Maiden Moor on the right.

This picture is taken from the ridge. Here you can see much of the path up from Braithwaite between Outerside, on the left of the picture, and Stile End. You can also see the many alternative paths cutting between Outerside and Stile End down to the village and across to Barrow Door on the far right.

And this is the view, looking east, from one of those paths between Outerside and Stile End. On the left, incidentally, you can see part of Stile End which is still suffering, six months after the event, from the hill fire.

Outerside dwarfed by Grisedale Pike.

The picture below is taken from the top of Causey, whence the normal descent is off to the right down to Stair. However, if you are in a hurry (or you don't fancy walking along the road from Stair, which I don't) you can take the fast route, i.e., straight down here to the beck, up to Barrow Door and back home.

To get up to Barrow Door from Stonycroft Gill the start of the path is directly above the single tree (visible as a dark patch in the picture) just below the main valley path. For the reverse, at the top you just wander around until you find a path going straight down.....

Here is the view south-east. Ard Crags can be seen in front of Hindscarth and Dale Head; High Spy and Maiden Moor are on the left.

Looking south-west, up to the watershed where Rigg Beck flows down towards us; beyond the watershed Sail Beck takes the water down away from us to Buttermere.

The five knobbles of Causey, at close hand...

Looking north-east from near the top of Causey, down over Barrow towards Portinscale and Keswick.

August 2005. You can see the scarred face of Barrow, where the heather is only now beginning (?) to re-generate after the 2003 fire.

The same view, in March

This is what Barrow should look like! Rowling End, which was not affected by the fire.

Winter approaching...

Here you can easily see the two paths up to Causey: the main one comes up from Stair, to the left; the other cuts straight across the heather from the top of Rowling End. Why most people use the first path is because the track up from Stair to the top of Rowling End is much steeper.

The same picture, in March.  Here you can also see the considerable erosion caused by walkers (and dogs?).

This is the view when you contemplate the ascent of Causey. Quite daunting! Which is why we tend to descend this way...

From the top of Rowling End you can get a good picture of the whole of the Newlands Round: Hindscarth on the right, Dale Head in the centre, and High Spy and Maiden Moor on the left.

Samba about to go "over the edge" from Rowling End down to Stair.

After the heather has lost its colour...

A panorama from the top of Causey Pike. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of your browser picture to see  everything.

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© P. G. R. Rigg 30/08/2005