Whiteless Pike

Published 24 January 2021

The summit of Whiteless Pike

It’s September 2020 and after a year full of lockdowns, cancelled holidays and just general chaos, I unexpectedly found myself in the Lake District for a week. Day one was spent near Borrowdale, the second in the wonderful Newlands. For the third, I had a lovely horseshoe walk around Grasmoor lined up. After starting with Whiteside, I revisited Hopegill Head, went high up to Grasmoor, got a bit bored at Wandope, and then headed for the final fell on my ridge walk – Whiteless Pike.

There are 26 letters in the alphabet. That means that there’s lots of options for the first letter of a fell name. 26 to be precise. Yet there’s not a single Wainwright that starts with an X, a J, or a Q.

In contrast there are 11 that start with the letter W. 5% of all Wainwrights start with a W. Mind you, 25 (12%) start with a B, and a whopping 29 (14%) start with an S. So what does that tell you?

So yeah, 11 fells start with the letter W. And I was about to visit my third in one day. And the second to start with “White” for that matter. (Yeah, I know. You’re wondering how many fells start with the word “white”. The answer is three. The other is White Side in the Eastern Fells.)

The path to Whiteless Pike from Wandope

But if Whiteside had a side of it that was white (hint: it doesn’t), from it’s name it was clear that Whiteless Pike would have not a spec of white on it at all.

Didn’t stop me looking though.

The top of Whiteless Pike was less than a mile from nearby Wandhope. A nice, grassy path ran along the top of the ridge between them. I almost skipped along it, enjoying that feeling of going down hill. I wasn’t going down hill by much, this was true. But after a day with plenty of steep climbs, it felt rather good to be losing height again. My legs certainly felt the difference.

Crummock Water and Loweswater – seen from the top of Whiteless Pike

Being only two miles from Buttermere, Whiteless Pike had a grand view of the village’s two watery neighbours; Buttermere (lake) and Crummock Water glistening gently in the sun. It was a splendid sight. Buttermere was becoming one of those places that I didn’t think I would ever tire of seeing. Having only visited for the first time the year before, it was becoming one of my favourite parts of the Lake. It would certainly be a wrench when I got to the point of running out of fells to climb there. Although that would – of course – be an incentive to finish all the Wainwrights so I had an excuse to come back.

Anyway, it was a fine place to sit down on. A perfect fell to end the day. But there was one more place I needed to go…

A fine view of Knott Rigg and Ard Crags from Whiteless Pike

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