Sheffield Pike stands in Wainwright’s Eastern Fells at an elevation of 675 m (2,215 ft) and with a prominence of 91 m (299 ft) on one of the eastern ridges running from Stybarrow Dodd – it is listed as a Hewitt and a Nuttall. Its parent peak is Great Dodd and it looks down onto Ullswater, dividing the Glencoyne and Glenridding valleys.
Both flanks are steep, particularly on the southern side where the land falls away in the Glenridding screes. The gently rolling summit is covered with marshy ground, scattered with small tarns, rough outcrops of rock, grass and heather. The highest point is marked by a broad cairn; and two iron posts, one on Heron Pike at the eastern end of the summit plateau and the other above Nick Head, mark the boundary of two old estates, inscribed ‘H 1912’ and ‘M 1912’ respectively. Views are restricted by the foreground, but there are fines outlook out over Ullswater from a cairn above Black Crag or from the top of Heron Pike.
A common ascent up the fell is via the nearby peak of Glenridding Dodd, from whence a trip to Hart Side allows for a circuit of Glencoyne to be undertaken. Alternatively, proceed to Stybarrow Dodd and Helvellyn for a longer walk around Glenridding.
There are also starting points for a direct ascent of Sheffield Pike from the village of Glenridding along a track known as The Rake or another past the now defunct Greenside Mine. Alternatively, begin from Glencoyne on the track which lies behind Seldom Seen.