Rocktype UNKNOWN
Altitude 892m a.s.l
Faces N

Marti Hallett and Debbie Roberts on Rib and Slab (HS) at Pillar Rock (from the Lake District Climbs Rockfax). © Mark Glaister

Summit of this hill

This summit is listed in Marilyns, Wainwrights, Nuttalls, Nuttalls, Hewitts, Trail 100, Bob Graham Round, Lakeland 100 hill lists.

This summit has been climbed in 507 logbooks.

Hill features

Pillar is a mountain in the western part of the English Lake District. Situated between the valleys of Ennerdale to the north and Wasdale to the south, it is the highest point of the Pillar group (some dozen fells clustered round it). At 892m (2,927 feet) it is the eighth-highest mountain in the Lake District. The fell takes its name from Pillar Rock, a prominent feature on the Ennerdale side, regarded as the birthplace of rock climbing in the district.

Pillar Rock is a large complex high mountain crag with a great history of classic routes - needs a reasonable dry spell. Thanatos/Electron (HVS), Tapestry (E4), Grooved Wall (VS), North Climb (S), NW Climb (MVS), Megaton (E1), Goodbye to All That (E1), Rib and Slab (HS), New West (VD), SW (MVS)etc, the list of real classics is endless, without even mentioning any of the 2 star routes.

Approach notes

Two and a half hour walk from Wasdale. Best bet is to mountain bike in from Ennerdale. Yes, it's a long way but the crag is superb and remote, so get to it people!

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Once into the cirque, the approach path (from Ennerdale) very vague. Wasted a lot of time on walk in and walk out because of this. Fantastic crag though and well worth the journey!
MikeLell - 15/Sep/13
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