27th August 2010

Causey Pike, Scar Crags and Rigg Beck


Walk Overview
Time 13.50 to 16.50
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 2050 ft
Walking with On my own
Stoneycroft - Sleet Hause - Causey Pike - Scar Crags - Rigg Beck - Newlands Valley road - Stoneycroft
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Newlands Valley

Newlands is my favourite of all the Lakeland valleys and this car park offers easy access to the very heart of the place. For those with a preference for higher places, Causey Pike and Barrow are both within easy reach of the car park.

Parking is free.


Route Map

There wasn't a exactly an overwhelming number of parking spaces to choose from through here today. Luckily for me I managed to time my arrival with someone else's departure, so I did end up setting off from where I'd intended to.

A close up of the little hamlet of Swinside with Great wood and Clough Head behind.

High on the skyline is the distinctive shape of Causey Pike.

A view back down to Newlands Valley. The fells in the background are Lonscale Fell, Latrigg, Blencathra, Clough Head and Walla Crag.
Notice that the bracken is starting to show signs of dying off. Also notice that Clough Head is actually nowhere as near to Swinside as it looks in the earlier photo.

On the opposite side of Stoneycroft Gill is the broad path which leads from the road where I parked, round the side of Barrow, through High Moss and up to the low point between Sail and Scar Crags. A very easy route to follow and a good way to gain over 1500 ft of height.

Sunshine on Barrow and Stile End.


This is the point at which the route around the north side of Rowling End joins up with the route up it's eastern ridge. Both routes start from the same place and finish in the same place, but for no particular reason, I chose the northern route today.

A close up of Little Town.

A view back down from the short steep section below Causey Pike's summit.

And the summit itself.

Looking back to Causey Pike from the ridge walk to Scar Crags. From here you can clearly see the 'knobbly' shape of Causey Pike which makes it so easily recognisable from afar.

Scar Crags summit.

Rather than walk back down the Stoneycroft Gill route, I decided to head into the quiet little valley of Rigg Beck.

Looking across to Coledale Hasue, Whiteside, Hopegill Head and Sand Hill.

I'd be the first person to admit that the old path needed repaired, but I'd have to disagree with anyone who calls this an improvement.
Enough said !!

Turning left at the digger in the previous picture I made my way down to the top of Rigg Beck.


Following the path above Rigg Beck.

I wasn't too far from reaching the Newlands Valley road when I took this picture and it was sheltered enough for me to get the full benefit of the sunshine. Very nice while it lasted.

A view backwards gave me a picture of Ard Crags, Sail and Scar Crags (the skyline on the right).

At least there's no confusion here, , , or so I thought.
A car stopped at this spot and the guy driving asked if I knew the way to Buttermere. I said "just stay on this road and it takes you straight over Newlands Pass and into Buttermere". "thanks very much" he said, followed by "I know the sign says Buttermere, but we're not confident that the signs around here are pointing in the right direction".

He than drove off before I could think of a suitable answer. Whenever I go somewhere new I just take it for granted that the signs are right. Than again, maybe I'm just too trusting or perhaps a bit gullible.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks