Walk up Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne

Route Summary:

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

Distance
Ascent
Time
7.8 km 581 m 2 to 3 hours

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

Start and Finish: Glencoyne Bay

Facilities:

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

Hazards:

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.

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
Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): 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)

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Walk up Sheffield Pike and Glencoyne Details

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.

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