9th August 2005

The Buttermere skyline.

Time 07.50 to 16.30
Duration 8 hr 40 min
Distance 14.2 mile
Ascent 6722 ft
Walking with On my own
Buttermere - Bleaberry Tarn - Red Pike - High Stile - High Crag - Scarth Gap - Haystacks - Blackbeck Tarn - Grey Knotts - Honister Pass - Dale Head - Hindscarth - Robinson - Buttermere
Fells visited
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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 with the Grasmoor fells behind taken from the path above Burtness Wood.

From the short, but very steep scree path up The Saddle looking down to Bleaberry Tarn with Buttermere in the valley below.

Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts looking rather small in front of its neighbour Grasmoor.

Red Pike and the Loweswater fells from High Stile.
The red screes on the saddle can be clearly seen on the right hand slopes of the mountain. As I said "not very long, but very steep indeed".

Seat with Green Gable, Windy Gap and Great Gable behind. Taken almost from the bottom of Gamlin End; another very steep section of path on today's route.
The path running into the picture from the left is the top section of Scarth Gap Pass and the zig zag path above it is the route I took up Haystacks.

Looking across to Robinson and High Snockrigg with the Grasmoor fells behind. Taken from the top of Scarth Gap Pass.

A close up of High Crag and Gamlin End.

Pillar from Haystacks summit.

Pillar again, this time from Innominate tarn.
It was from about this point the clouds started to clear for a while to give almost perfect conditions for walking.

Buttermere and Crummock Water from Blackbeck's outflow.

High Crag and Gamlin End from the path just above Blackbeck Tarn.

Another picture of Buttermere and Crummock Water this time with Warnscale Bottom in the foreground.

Fleetwith Pike with Dubbs Quarry on the left and Honister Quarry on the right from the route up Grey Knotts.
As I was passing Dubbs Hut I had one of those talking out loud "make your mind up" moments. I knew it would take near enough the same amount of time to get to Fleetwith Pike as it would to get to Grey Knotts. I just couldn't decide which one to walk to. In the end Grey Knotts won because when I was there earlier this year visibility was as bad as it gets.

From just below Grey Knotts with Honister Pass running out of the bottom left corner of the picture, the central ridge behind that and the eastern ridge running across the background.

Honister Slate Mine and Honister Pass leading down to Borrowdale.

After a short sit down at Honister Pass I crossed the road and started on yet another steep up hill path, this time up to Dale Head. From the first section of this path you get some great views across to the mines around Bells Crags area of Fleetwith Pike / Honister.

Zooming in on some of the mines.
A couple of times throughout the day you can join a tour which takes you into some of the mines. I'm assuming the people standing on one of the ledges are part of one of these tours.

Looking down to Newlands valley from Dale Head with Hindscarth on the left and High Spy on the right.

Hindscath's short broad ridge with the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra in the distance.

The last ascent of the day was the short climb up from Littledale Edge to Robinson.
The Buttermere side of Honister Pass can be seen on the right of the picture.

Sunshine on Knott Rigg.
Most of the higher fells were well under cloud by now. Quite a difference from the conditions I was walking in a couple of hours ago.

The Bridge Hotel Buttermere.

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Lake District Walks