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Causey Pike

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Causey Pike
Author: , Published: 06 Nov 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guidestar1 Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guidestar1 Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guidestar1 Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guidestar1 Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guide
Cumbria, The North Western Fells
Walk Type: Mountains
Causey Pike
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guide boot Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guide boot Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guide boot Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guide boot Cause Pike Lake district Walking Guide
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This is another one of those walks that is fairly easy but for one small section - and what a section it is. A steep climb, a bit of a scramble to the top, a ridge walk and an old quarryman's path - just another typical day in the Lake District.

From the village of Braithwaite head south down the lane that heads through Newlands Valley. Just after you come out of the trees and over the cattle grid there is a large parking area next to the road on the left above Uzzicar Farm.

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Walk Sections

Start to Sleet Hause
Start to Sleet Hause

Start point: 54.5843 lat, -3.1889 long
End point: 54.5758 lat, -3.2044 long

From the car park layby set off south along the lane admiring the magnificent views down Newlands and across to Catbells on the other side of the valley. Immediately after crossing the little stone bridge at Stoneycroft there is a stile on the right hand side of the road. Go over this and start making your way uphill. After a very short while you come to a crossroads in the path. You could go straight on but it's a very steep way up so on this walk we are going to go right and work our way up the side of the hill gently. As you head up the valley you are slowly gaining height away from Stoneycroft Gill (the stream that runs down it). Eventually the path bends left and becomes a bit steeper as it heads towards Sleet Hause (the base of the final ascent to Causey Pike).

Sleet Hause to Causey Pike summit
Sleet Hause to Causey Pike summit

Start point: 54.5758 lat, -3.2044 long
End point: 54.5769 lat, -3.2101 long

From Sleet Hause the path gets a bit steeper and zig zags up the front of Causey Pike until, finally, just before the summit you meet a wall of rock. This is the tricky bit I mentioned in the introduction. As with most scrambles the thing is to stop thinking like a walker and start thinking like a climber - you are not limited to just using your feet, you can use your hands, elbows and knees too. Once you have realised this then it becomes a whole lot easier. You need to make your way up the fissure thats slightly to your right. It's not difficult but as Alfred Wainwright said it's not a place for "fooling about". The scramble is a lot shorter than it looks from the top and don't forget about using every available body part.

Causey Pike summit to Sail Pass
Causey Pike summit to Sail Pass

Start point: 54.5769 lat, -3.2101 long
End point: 54.5732 lat, -3.2321 long

OK I'm assuming you made it to the top, I told you that you could do it and that I had every faith in you.
This is the top of Causey Pike and all the difficulties are over, I promise you. The way now is almost due west, dropping down off Causey Pike summit (the back of which is nowhere near as formidable as the front) before climbing back up to the top of Scar Crags. Another short drop down and you are at Sail Pass and the start of the final section ...

Sail Pass to Finish
Sail Pass to Finish

Start point: 54.5732 lat, -3.2321 long
End point: 54.5843 lat, -3.189 long

When you get to Sail Pass turn sharp right and follow the rocky path back down, now heading east and back towards the road. Soon you meet the top of Stoneycroft Gill which appears on your right. You keep to this old quarryman's path all the way back down the valley until, just before you get back to the lane, the route curves gently left. The track rejoins the lane just by the layby that you started at - it's almost as if I planned it that way.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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