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Pillar Fell is situated among the western arrangement between Ennerdale Valley (north) and Wasdale Valley (south). This mountain is a part of a great horseshoe range that involves the collaboration of multiple other fells and crags. With an altitude of 892 metres (2,927 feet), Pillar is considered in the order the eighth highest of all the formations in the Lake District, being the prominently ultimate point of the entire Pillar group, which consists of a dozen or more satellites surrounding it.
The name “Pillar” comes from the mountains northernmost face, called Pillar Rock. This face, when seen from the Ennerdale Valley below, bears a striking resemblance to a column, a metaphor made famous and eternal in William Wordsworth’s poem The Brothers, which states the word “pillar” straight out. Due to the fact that the mountain is an extension of this “column,” the entire fell appropriately adopted the name.
The key significance of Pillar is that it serves as the location believed to rock-climbing started in the Lake District. Ennerdale’s own John Atkinson reportedly gained the title as Pillar’s first climber in 1826.
Pillar’s topographical description is complex but interesting. The mountain is erected against Ennerdale Valley’s southern wall, marking it as the northernmost fell south of the Ennerdale Valley, some three or so miles from that valley’s head. The full length of Pillar Fell bears two levels of crags stretching from Wingap located farther west to the Black Sail Pass trailing up from a more easterly direction.  The top level of crags prominently shows Pillar’s summit area, while a thin terrace below. Farther down, the fell’s slopes sprout conifers in a wide belt that crosses the River Liza all the way to High Crag. These slopes are steep, but they are clear to the top at some points.
The summit of Pillar extends westerly to Wyndgap, with a spur abruptly sailing over White Pike and descending into the Ennerdale Forest not too far away. The plateau stretches off to the east, too, suddenly bursting upward somewhat at the point of Looking Stead. Pillar, then, offers some breathtaking panoramic views all the way around, which explains why some people anticipate climbing it.
Like many other natural formations in the Lake District, Pillar features magna-oriented materials similar to that of the Birker Fell. Plagioclase-phyric andesite Lava is indicative to volatile behaviour regarding geological transformations, especially of centuries past. The existing strands of volcaniclastic sandstone, which is compressed ash, confirms this. Rhyolite and lapilli-tuff can be found on and/or near stony outcroppings, such as that of the Craghouse Member situated on the north western ridge.
There are many possibilities to access Pillar, not the least is from the village of Wasdale Head to the south, which is deemed the most common due to the presence of roads. The easiest route would have to be Black Sail Pass from the east. This path will eventually lead trekkers to Pillar’s very non-intimidating eastern ridge. This is pretty much straightforward and lacks some excitement associated with risk, but it is safe and practical for the inexperienced traveller and/or mountain-climber.
The Black Sail Hostel, located at the head of the Ennerdale Valley, offers a few means of accessibility as well with a brief stroll to the mountain in question. These paths, however, will direct trekkers to Black Sail Pass where they would follow the same approach as previously mentioned.
Other paths exist, too, that will take interested travellers to the northern crag known s Pillar’s Rock. This would introduce Pillar in both an intimidating and breathtaking light, but it would provide the desired closeness required for eventually mounting the fell.