28th September 2013

Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 8:45am to 1:15pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 3300 ft
Walking with On my own
Buttermere - Old Burtness - Bleaberry Tarn - The Saddle - Red Pike - High Stile - High Crag - Gamlin End - Scarth Gap Pass - Buttermere (lake) - 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 felt much earlier than it actually was as I walked through the village this morning. The place had a crack of dawn stillness about it and was just about deserted except for a lady walking a dog and a young couple down by the lake. After I'd passed a guy walking through Burtness Wood, I never way anyone else until I was walking over High Crag.

Turning around for a view back along the lane to Buttermere and the fells behind. Rannerdale Knotts, Whiteless Pike and Grasmoor.

It was absolutely gorgeous at Buttermere this morning; peaceful doesn't even begin to describe it. So much so that it almost seemed a shame to leave the valley behind to start heading up hill.

Perfect reflections ruined by the duck you can see under the bridge. Never mind, I suppose the duck was here before I was so I can't say too much.

Fleetwith Pike in silhouette at the far end of the lake.

Heading up Burtness Wood.

The walk up through the woods isn't far at all and before you know it you're out in the open and looking across to the Grasmoor fells.

A little higher up now and Crummock Water and Buttermere are in view. Just look at the water; it's like a mirror.

A close up of the reflections on the lake.

Looking down to the Honister Pass end of Buttermere.

Straight across the lake is High Snockrigg and Robinson.


A close up of Buttermere; the village not the lake.

Red Pike summit comes into view as the path swings around to the left.

It was lovely at Bleaberry Tarn this morning. Really warm, not a breath of wind and it was all mine. The only two noises were my camera clicking and the splash each time a fish jumped.
Crystal clear water.


Well, it's no good just looking at it, I need to carry on walking.


Right in front is Dodd, not the Skiddaw one. Although, if it weren't for Sail and Scar Crags over there you might be able to see the the Skiddaw Dodd as well.

Now it gets really steep on the walk up The Saddle. I might seem a strange thing to say if you've never walk anywhere like this before but it's much easier to walk up this stuff than it is to walk down it.

Time for a breather and while I'm standing still, I might as well take a picture of Crummock Water.

Red Pike summit.

Ennerdale seen from Red Pike summit. The two prominent fells on the right are Starling Dodd and Great Borne. It's only about a month since I was up here after walking across those fells.

Crummock Water again.

A close up of Crag Fell and Anglers Crag.

A view back across to Red Pike.

And another one from a little further along the ridge.

The clear air gave superb views today as this close up of Blencathra and Keswick helps to show. Notice the A66 road bridge just lower than the centre of the photo.

Zooming in on Red Pike summit. The two people at the top and the other one a little lower down (with a blue top on) add scale to the picture.

These are the first lot of migrating geese (??) I've seen this year.


High Stile, taken from the walk across to High Crag.

There are lots of rocks and crags on the walk across here and every now and again you get to look between them to get a framed picture of Buttermere and the Grasmoor fells.

High Crag summit.

Walking down the zigzags on Gamlin End; a tester for the knees if ever there was one.

And now a view back up.

I'm almost back down to Buttermere now and I couldn't help but think I did the right thing by dusting off the shorts and wearing them today. I don't know why I stop wearing them so soon into autumn to be honest. I can quite happily wear short sleeved tops in the middle of January but the shorts get packed away as soon as the hot summer weather comes to an end.

Looking over Buttermere to Hassness and Robinson.

Burtness Wood.

It was still nice and warm as I walked back alongside Buttermere but the water shows there was more of a breeze than there was first thing thing morning.


Buttermere's outflow, although by looking at the water, you wouldn't think it was flowing at all.

Looking across the fields to Buttermere. Behind you can see Rannerdale Knotts, Whiteless Pike and Grasmoor

A skinny tree in front of Fleetwith Pike.

and now with a fat tree in the picture.


Willkinsyke Farmyard.

Buttermere Church.

I'm not sure what this guy came as but If I'd known it was fancy dress day I'd have joined in.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks