Glenridding Dodd, Heron Pike and Sheffield Pike

Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd are often overlooked by walkers in favour of their higher and more glamorous neighbours. Yet, Sheffield Pike has quite a character. Its south east ridge is an easy, delightful, clamber through heather and rocky steps to the edge of its summer plateau. However once there the top is a mass of small rocky outcrops rising from a sea of swampy pools and tarns. Heron Pike on the edge is a Birkett and is a little to the right of the path.

Rising over the village of Glenridding, Glenridding Dodd presents a broken craggy face. Despite its almost vertical appearance The Rake provides walkers with a straightforward, short, if steep path to the hause handily placed between Heron Pike and Glenridding Dodd. This is our route of ascent.

It is important to note that there is no safe escape from Sheffield Pike until reaching the summit to descend via the col of Nick Head as per the instructions below. Once on the south east ridge either retrace your steps or continue the climb. Do not bear left or right off the ridge in the hope of finding a way through the crags and scree below; there simply isn't any.

Dropping down to Glenridding Beck near the end of the walk you pass through the remains of Greenside Mine which produced over a million tons of galena for smelting into lead. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame are the experiments of Operation Orpheus held in the mine during the height of the Cold War. Two large conventional explosions were carried out to ascertain whether it was possible to obscure an underground nuclear explosion from being detected by the other signatories to the Test Ban Treaty.

There is parking in the centre of Glenridding in the Lake District National Park Authority pay and display car park. And at the Ullswater Steamers car park, where cheap rates in the winter months may be preferable.