26th March 2011

Three fells above Honister


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 12.50
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Honister Mines - Fleetwith Pike - Dubs Hut - Brandreth - Grey Knotts - Drum House - Honister Mines
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Honister Mines

Given the size of the car park (s) here I'm tempted to say you'll find ample parking up here. This isn't always the case though. The popularity of the mine tours and the surrounding fells make this a very busy place indeed.

You have two options here, the mines car park and the national trust car park next to the Youth Hostel. They both cost about the same, so it doesn't really matter which one you try first.


Route Map

Setting off from Honister Mines for a short yet enjoyable walk on three fells. Despite them all being over the 2,000ft mark, they're quite easy to reach if you choose to begin from the top of Honister Pass.

From the edge of the car park you get this view down the Buttermere side of Honister Pass.

"this is my rock and I'm not moving for you two"

High up on the path through the mines we come to these standing stones. Shortly after passing them, we turned off to the right and headed up to the ridge above Honister Crag.

Making our way across to Fleetwith Pike summit.

On route to the summit you get a couple of glimpses of Honister Pass (a long way below).

I know all the fell tops have a view, but this one has to be up there with the best of them.

Looking around to the left you see Pillar, Haystacks, High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike (just).

Dubs Hut in front of Haystacks and High Crag.

Not the most luxurious accommodation but apparently people do actually spend the night in here.

Heading across to the Grey Knotts side of the fell. Before making our way to the top of Grey Knotts, we followed the path around to Brandreth; just out of view.

Looking back towards Fleetwith Pike.

And again, this time from the path around the side of Grey Knotts and Brandreth.

A bit of sunshine would have been nice to show off this view to its fullest. Although I suppose you can't have everything you want.

I wonder when they're actually coming to put the fence up. This bundle of posts has been here for as long as I can ever remember.

A view back along the ridge shows Green Gable and towering behind is Great Gable.

As you look ahead to Grey Knotts you realise the distance between these two fells isn't that far at all. The only obstacle on route is, , , , ,

, , , , Grey Knotts Tarn. You can walk around if you want to, but Jennifer thought she'd give the stepping stones a go today.

Looking across the tarn.

A hazy view over Borrowdale to the central and eastern fells from Grey Knotts summit.

And looking round, you see Brandreth, Green Gable, Great Gable, Kirk Fell on the right and Scafell Pike to the left of Green Gable.

"Yes, this way will do. As long as we end up on that path down there, you can take any route you want."

The Drum House. It's all down hill from here.

As I said; it's all down hill.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks