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Howgill Fells & Westmorland Summits

Rispa Pike

Rispa Pike is a minor summit on the long northern ridge of Uldale Head. There is no spot height given on the OS Explorer maps, however a height of 474m is given on the Landranger series.

Height (m) 474
Height (ft) 1554
Grid Ref: NY638013
Classification: None
Trig Point: No
No. of Visits 1

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The stone shelter on Rispa Pike
Rispa Pike as seen from Hand Lake across Uldale
Approaching Rispa Pike from Uldale Head

More about Rispa Pike: The main (or should I say only) feature of the summit is a modest stone shelter. This shelter has the distinction of being the only such shelter marked on the OS map in the entire Howgill range.

As with nearly all the northern Howgill summits the view from Rispa Pike is excellent, especially to the west towards the Lakeland mountains, and north, over the Westmorland limestone plateau to the North Pennines.

In his book 'Walks in the Howgill Fells', Wainwright describes a walk from Gaisgill to Rispa Pike via Eller Gill. While no doubt a pleasant enough walk I'm not sure if Rispa Pike is a worthy enough object in its own right. Instead it is probably better off approaching Rispa Pike as a stepping stone on or off the higher Uldale Head.

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