The elevation of Causey Pike is 637 m (2,090 ft) above sea level and it has a prominence of 40 m (130 ft), meaning it is listed as a Hewitt, a Nuttall and a Wainwright. Its parent peak is Scar Crags and it is one of a number of fells that lies between the Newlands Valley and Coledale. While it is relatively modest in height, its profile distinguishes it from its neighbours – it is marked by a prominent bump on its summit, clearly visible when viewed from the Derwentwater and Keswick area.
This ‘nobble’ is not alone – along the summit ridge there are four other, smaller bumps of almost equal height further on. Fossils have been found on the scree slopes around the top of Causey Pike. Views from the summit are impressive and feature Derwentwater, the Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Blencathra and the Helvellyn range, making a trip up well worth the effort.
A direct ascent which is somewhat steep in places begins from Stoneycroft in the Newlands Valley. If looking for a slightly easier walk, or if keen to add to the list of Wainwrights ‘bagged’ in one walk, beginning at Stoneycroft and ascending the neighbouring Scar Crags first allows for a gentler walk along the ridge to Causey Pike’s summit.
Causey Pike is often included in a long day’s walking as part of the Coledale Round, a U-shaped walk around Coledale which can begin or end with this fell. The usual starting points are Braithwaite or in the Newlands Valley and the walk also includes ascents of Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Grasmoor, Eel Crag, Sail and Scar Crags. This route is around 18 km (11 mi) long, with over 1,200 m (4,000 ft) of ascent, offering varied scenery and the chance to tick seven Wainwrights off your list.