Red Screes is situated in Wainwright’s Eastern Fells area of the Lake District, between Patterdale and Ambleside villages. Its elevation is 776 m (2,546 ft) and its prominence is 260 m (850 ft), so it is therefore also listed as a Marilyn. Its parent peak is Fairfield.
Red Screes is one of the most distinctive peaks in the Eastern Fells. On its summit, besides a trigonometry point, there is also a large cairn, a shelter and a fair-sized tarn. There are spectacular views down Patterdale to the tip of Ullswater, as well as of Brotherswater and the fells either side of it.
The most direct walk to the summit runs from the east, from Kirkstone Pass, which links Patterdale and Windermere. The path is clear, laid with stone blocks, and ascends very quickly and steeply to the highest point with a degree of scrambling required. From Ambleside, to the south, a track up the southern ridge passes over Snarker Pike before reaching the summit.
Red Screes has a subsidiary summit, Middle Dodd, which is a Wainwright in its own right and can be completed with only a little additional walking from the main fell’s summit. Other Wainwright peaks in close proximity that are often included in the same walk are Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd.