Pillar

Overview
Height: 2,927 Feet - 892 Metres
Grid Ref: NY 171 121
Area: Western
Ordnance Survey: OL4
Wainwright Guidebook: Seven

It dominates the sunset area of Lakeland superbly, springing out of the valleys of Mosedale and Ennerdale, steeply on the one side, and dramatically on the other, as befits the overlord of the western scene. Alfred Wainwright

It is more than 150 years since Pillar Rock was first climbed-by Ennerdale Man, John Atkinson on 9th July 1826. Before that it had been deemed inaccessible. By 1850 there had been only six ascents of the Rock and by 1875 about fifty, but thousands have reached the summit since then, and there are about eighty routes, some of them extremely severe to the top. A.H Griffin.

 

Map and Photo Gallery

 

Looking Stead and Pillar from the top of Black Sail Pass.

Pillar from Wasdale Head

Pillar from the Mosedale Valley.


Pillar Rock from the Shamrock Traverse.

Cloud inversion over White Pike, Pillar, Wind Gap and Black Crag from Windgap Cove.

Pillar Rock from Robinsons Cairn on the High Level Traverse.

On route to Pillar via The High Level Traverse.

Celebrating Rod's final Birkett on Pillar Rock.

After myself and Rod, Aled our guide abseils into Jordan Gap from Pillar Rock summit.

Pillar Rock from Pillarcove Beck.

Pillarcove Beck.

Cloud Inversion over Pillar and Wind Gap.

Looking Stead and Pillar from the top of Black Sail Pass.

Pillar Rock summit Trig Point and shelter.

 

There are 8 walks to choose from including Pillar

Walking the Wainwrights in 30 Walks - Walk 30 Nine fells west of Wast Water

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10th September 2016
ASCENT: 5,126 Feet - 1,563 Meters
MILES: 13.3
WAINWRIGHTS: 9, Buckbarrow - Seatallan - Middle Fell - Haycock - Scoat Fell - Steeple - Pillar - Red Pike - Yewbarrow
ROUTE: Harrow Head - Gill Beck - Buckbarrow - Glade How - Seatallan - Middle Fell - Winscale Hows - Pots of Ashness - Haycock - Scoat Fell - Steeple - Black Crag - Windy Gap - Pillar - Windy Gap - Black Crag - Red Pike - Dore Head - Stirrup Crag - Yewbarrow - Bell Rib - Overbeck Bridge
 

Pillar Rock by the Slab and Notch route

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6th May 2016
ASCENT: 3,150 Feet - 960 Meters
MILES: 6.6
WAINWRIGHTS: Pillar
ROUTE: Wasdale Head – Mosedale Beck - Gatherstone Beck - Black Sail Pass – Looking Stead – High Level Traverse – Robinsons Cairn – Shamrock Traverse - The Slab - The Notch - Pillar Rock - Jordan Gap – Shamrock Traverse - Pillar – Wind Gap – Wind Gap Screes - Mosedale – Wasdale Head
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 25 - Pillar Rock

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29th August 2015
ASCENT: 2,884 Feet - 880 Meters
MILES: 10.5
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: No Summit Was Reached On This Walk
ROUTE: Bowness Knott - Irish Bridge - Moss Dub - Ennerdale Plantations - High Beck - White Pike North West Ridge - Pillar Cove - Pillarcove Beck - River Liza - High Gillerthwaite - Low Gillerwaite - Bowness Knott
 

The Harry Griffin 2,000 footers Walk 22 -The Mosedale Horseshoe

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8th August 2015
ASCENT: 4,922 Feet - 1,501 Meters
MILES: 10.8
SUMMITS OVER 2'000Ft: 11, Looking Stead - Pillar - Black Crag - Little Scoat Fell - Scoat Fell (NY 158 114) - Steeple - Scoat Fell (Summit) - Little Gowder Crag - Red Pike (Wasdale) Stirrup Crags - Yewbarrow
ROUTE: Wasdale Head - Mosedale - Black Sail Pass - Looking Stead - Pillar - Wind Gap - Black Crag - Scoat Fell - Steeple - Little Gowder Crag - Red Pike - Dore Head - Stirrup Crags - Yewbarrow - Bob Graham Relay Descent off Yewbarrow - Road Back to Wasdale Head
 

Pillar via Pillar Cove


4th August 2014
ASCENT: 3,865 Feet – 1,178 Meters
MILES: 16.2
WAINWRIGHTS: 5, Pillar – Scoat Fell – Steeple – Haycock – Caw Fell
ROUTE:

Bleach Green – Bowness – Low Gillerthwaite – High Gillerthwaite – Ennerdale Forest – Pillar Cove – Robinson’s Cairn – High Level Route – Shamrock Traverse – Pillar – Wind Gap – Black Crag (Pillar) – Scoat Fell – Steeple – Haycock – Little Gowder Crag – Caw Fell – Iron Crag – Boathow Crag – Anglers Crag – Bleach Green

 

A Mosedale Round – Pillar to Red Pike


30th January 2014
ASCENT: 4,011 Feet – 1,223 Meters
MILES: 9.6
WAINWRIGHTS: 4, Pillar – Scoat Fell – Steeple – Red Pike (Wasdale)
ROUTE: Wasdale Head – Mosedale – Black Sail Pass – Looking Stead – Pillar – Wind Gap – Black Crag – Scoat Fell – Steeple – Red Pike (Wasdale) – Dore Head – Overbeck – Yewbarrow South Ridge – Down in the Dale – Wasdale Head
 

Pillar from Bowness Knott

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30th April 2012
ASCENT: 3,288 Feet, 1,002 Metres
MILES: 11.7
WAINWRIGHTS: 4, Haycock, Scoat Fell, Steeple & Pillar
ROUTE: Bowness Knott – Ennerdale Water – Irish Bridge – Woundell Beck –Caw Fell North Ridge – Haycock – Scoat Fell – Pillar Black Crag – Wind Gap – Pillar – White Pike – Ennerdale Plantations – Homestead – Moss Dub – Irish Bridge Ennnerdale Water – Bowness Knott
 

Mosedale Round, Via The High Level Route

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26th June 2010
ASCENT: 1,554 Mtrs 5,100 Ft
MILES: 10.5
WAINWRIGHTS: 6, Kirk Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Steeple, Red Pike & Yewbarrow
ROUTE:  
 

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