Causey Pike is one a number of Wainwright fells that lie between the Newlands Valley and Coledale. While a rewarding walk in itself, it can also be combined with one or several of the surrounding peaks, making it a good choice when completing a number of fells from a Map of the Wainwrights. While there are 118 taller Wainwright's, it is easily reconisable due to small 'nobble' at it's summit. Being situated towards the north of Newlands Valley, amongst other highlights, a Wainwright walk to the top of Causey Pike offers very nice views of Derwent Water and Keswick.
A Wainwright walk to Causey Pike can be made directly from Stoneycroft in the Newlands Valley, which gives a direct and sometimes steep climb in places. An easier approach from the same starting point actually climbs neighbouring Scar Crags first, and then along a ridge to Causey Pike - something of a bonusto people keen to tick fells off their Wainwright Maps. For keen Wainwright walkers, and those with plenty of energy, Causey Pike and the Coledale Fells can be included in a U shaped walk around Coledale, beginning or ending at Causey Pike. This takes in not just Causey Pike but Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Eel Crag, Sail and Scar Crags. Accomplished in a day, this provides several summits, varied views, beautiful walking country and seven ticks on a Wainwright Hill Chart too.
As well as the Newlands Valley, Keswick and Derwent Water, Wainwright walkers ascending to the distinctive summit of Causey Pike will also be treated to great views of Skiddaw, Blencathra and Helvellyn - well worth a trip to the top of this distinctive Wainwright fell.
Further information on Causey Pike and the Coledale Fells is found in Book Six: The North western Fells, by A. Wainwright, part of the Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Causey Pike represents a stunning way to complete a peak from your Wainwright Maps - Picture by Stewart Smith Photography