19th March 2005

Reflections in Buttermere and cloud inversions over Ennerdale.


Walk Overview
Time 10.55 to 16.05
Duration 5 hr 10 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 3012 ft
Walking with On my own
Buttermere - Scarth Gap - High Crag - High Stile - Red Pike - Bleaberry Tarn - Buttermere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Buttermere Village

There are a few different options for parking in Buttermere. A couple of decent sized car parks the road side leading up past the church onto Newlands pass and the sneaky couple of spaces next to the bridge. Despite these options and the village being so small they all fill up pretty quickly.

For such a small village there are a couple of hotels / pubs, public toilets and a couple of tearooms, one of which sells the best ice cream you could ever hope to find.


Route Map

Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike.
Today's walk turned out to be nothing short of magical. At the start of the walk Buttermere had the best reflections I've ever seen here and along the higher parts of the route the cloud inversions with the fells silhouetted above them were incredible.

Buttermere with Rannerdale Knotts behind.

Reflections on Buttermere.

Mellbreak and Rannerdale Knotts reflected in Buttermere.

Rannerdale Knotts again reflected in Buttermere.

Gatesgarth with the lower slopes of Fleetwith Pike (right) and Littledale Edge / Hindscarth Edge still in cloud.
It was so warm and the views were so good I nearly didn't bother going up onto the high fells today. I sat here for about 10 minutes thinking how I could make a walk around Buttermere last longer than a couple of hours. In the end I decided to continue up onto the High Stile Ridge. This turned out to be the right decision, because the views were amazing.

Looking up the very steep path to Gamlin End and High Crag.

High Crag with the North Western fells behind.

High Stile from High Crag.

Cloud inversion over Ennerdale valley with the higher Ennerdale fells silhouetted above.

Great Gable, Kirk Fell, and the Sca Fells silhouetted above another cloud inversion.
The fell on the right is Looking Stead.

High Stile summit with another cloud inversion and the Ennerdale fells behind.
It was almost like summer on the higher fells today with no wind and very warm sunshine.

Bleaberry Tarn from High Stile.

Buttermere with the Robinson / Hindscarth ridge behind.

Bleaberry Tarn the perfect place for a sit down and a bite to eat.

Crummock Water with Mellbreak (left) and Rannerdale Knotts / Grasmoor (right) from the path between Bleaberry Tarn and Buttermere.

From the same place this time looking to Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike.

Fleetwith Pike seen across Buttermere.
Took from the same place as the first picture I took almost 5 hours earlier.

Buttermere, Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks