13th August 2006

Bowness (Ennerdale) to Gatesgarth (Buttemere) via the High Stile ridge


Walk Overview
Date 13th August 2006
Time 09.50 to 17.20
Duration 7hr 30 min
Distance 9.6 mile
Ascent 4747 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Bowness - Great Borne - Starling Dodd - Red Pike - High Stile - High Crag - Seat - Scarth Gap - Haystacks - Dubs Hut - Fleetwith Pike - Gatesgarth
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Bowness Knott, Ennerdale Water

Difficult to reach, well perhaps it is a little, but Bowness Knott is in effect the gateway to the wonderfully remote Ennerdale Valley and therefore well worth the effort required to get here. The valley beyond the car park stretches for over six fantastic traffic free miles.

Parking is free and the car park always has plenty of empty spaces available.


Route Map


Ennerdale seen from the path up to Brown How.

A view down to the opposite end of Ennerdale Water. The circle of stones is an old Fox trap.

Ennerdale Water, Crag Fell and Grike taken just above the top of Rake Beck.

Great Borne summit with Starling Dodd behind (just to the left) and the Red Pike. The High Stile fells are under cloud, which didn't lift for us getting there.

Who turned the light off?
A glimpse of Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts behind and a little sunshine on Whiteless Pike and Lad Hows.

Starling Dodd summit with Red Pike behind.

Crummock Water from Red Pike.

Bleaberry Tarn and Buttermere in the valley.

Jennifer and Anne on the ridge to High Crag.


The very steep scree path down Gamlin End.

Buttermere with the Grasmoor fells under cloud and High Snockrigg / Robinson above the lake.

High Crag / Gamlin End on the right and Seat on the left of the picture. The zig-zag path we followed from Seat can be seen running between the crags / scree.


One of the rocky sections on the route up Haystacks.

Haystacks summit.

Looking back from just past Blackbeck Tarn to the path we followed across the ridge.

Dubs Hut with Haystacks, Seat, High Crag and High Stile behind.

A fine view looking down from Fleetwith Pike to Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater (just).

Almost at the bottom of Fleetwith Edge now and ready for a sit down.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks