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Walk up Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne

By Dave Roberts   

on October 23, 2018    5/5 (1)

Walk up Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne

Further Details

Route Summary:

A short walk to the summit of Sheffield Pike above Ullswater.

This walk includes the 2 Wainwrights of Sheffield Pike, Glenridding Dodd

This walk includes the Hewitt of Sheffield Pike

This walk includes the Nuttall of Sheffield Pike

Route Start Location: Glencoyne Bay

7.75 km 581 m 2 to 3 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Glenridding has plenty of pubs, cafes and hotels. The Pay and Display car park has its own toilet block with baby changing facilities.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : CA11 0QT

NT car park at start. Free for members, £4.50 for 2 hours, £6 for 4 hours, £7 all day (as of 2018)

Public Transport:

The 508 bus serves Glenridding from Penrith all year round. During the summer, the 508 can get to Glenridding from Windermere via the Kirkstone Pass.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Walk up Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Walk up Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne

The peak of Sheffield Pike in the Lake District’s Eastern Fells rises steeply over Ullswater and provides panoramic views down the lake. While at only 674 metres high, the summit of Sheffield Pike may be dwarfed by the larger summits of the Helvellyn range to the west, but still makes for a worthwhile half days excursion.

This walking route starts off from the National Trust car park at Glencoyne Bay and ascends the valley of the same name, and past the interestingly named row of miner’s cottages known as Seldom Seen. The route continues up towards the upper reaches of Glencoyne Head before heading up to the col between the summit of White Stones and Sheffield Pike and on to the summit. It’s worth taking in the extensive views towards Ullswater and the nearby Lakeland fells before descending via Heron Pike and the interesting minor peak of Glenridding Dodd.

This final summit of Glenridding Dodd is a Wainwright, so you know that despite being a lowly 422m in height that it’s probably worth the effort! Particularly noteworthy from Glenridding Dodd is the view over the village of Glenridding and towards the Helvellyn Range, as you can see below.

This walk via Sheffield Pike also provides an alternative, and more interesting long approach to Stybarrow Dodd and an ascent of Helvellyn from Stick’s Pass via Raise and White Side.

Walk up Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne Route Description

More information and a full route description of the walk up Sheffield Pike can be found on the Lake District National Park website – here.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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