31st May 2013

Whiteless Pike the hard way


Walk Overview
Time 2.00 to 4.00pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 3.8 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with On my own
Buttermere - Mill Beck - side of Whiteless Breast - Bleak Rigg - Whiteless Pike - Whiteless Breast - Mill Beck - 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

It had been gorgeous all morning and all I could do was look at the blue sky and hope it would last all day. Sadly it didn't..... Never mind; I'll try to get away from the cloud by heading a few miles away from the coast to have a short walk up Whiteless Pike. It may have been short but the route I took certainly had my heart and lungs working hard.

Straight from the centre of Buttermere you follow this woodland path above Mill Beck. Unfortunately it doesn't last too long, but at lease I had the luxury of sunshine on this section of the walk.

The path follows the contours of the fellside and although you are actually gaining height, the route has little in the way of real steepness; for now anyway.

Looking back along the path I could see the cloud begining to drop onto Red Pike.

And again, from further along the path.

High up on the left is Knott Rigg, and Robinson Crags are visible above Newlands Hause. Notice the cars up on the right.

If you carry on walking along this path, eventually it brings you out at the point where Rigg Beck meets Newlands Pass. And as good a walk as that is, today I had to turn off to the left to make my ascent of Whiteless Pike.

That's where I'm heading. The path doesn't last much longer by the way.

A view back shows Robinson now under cloud and the Newlands Pass road running down the side of the fell over there. As soon as I'd taken this picture I got a shock that nearly had me jumping out of my skin. When I turned round to start walking again there was a little dog standing there. At the exact same moment I spotted it the daft thing barked (that's what made me jump), it looked up at me as if it was asking me to tell it which way to go and then it ran off. "for God sake where did that come from" I said out loud. I suspect someone was on the fells somewhere looking for their lost dog.

Here's a view you don't see very often. In the distance is Causey Pike with Ard Crags to the right of that and working further across is Knott Rigg.


A close up of Causey Pike and Ard Crags.

and a close up of Helvellyn and Catstye Cam.

Before I had a chance to say "where's the sun going" it was gone.

Whiteless Pike summit.

A brief parting of the cloud allowed me a view back down my route. Yes, that was hard work.

It didn't take long to drop back below the cloud and as soon as I did, I got this view down to Buttermere and Crummock.

Rannerdale Knotts in front of Crummock Water.

Looking back up Whiteless Pike.

Gaps between the fells give me a view over Crummock Water and Loweswater to the Solway and the Scottish hills in the far distance.

A close up of Buttermere; the village not the lake, although they're both in the picture.

And not so close up.

This picture was taken from the point where many paths around here converge at the top of Rannerdale. I'm not going that way today, I'm heading back down to Buttermere.

Looking across to Red Pike.

Here I am back at the woods I walked through at the beginning of the walk.

Nice eyelashes.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks