Fleetwith Pike

Height: 648 metres / 2126 feet Grid reference: NY 20587 14167 Category: The Western Fells

The Buttermere Valley from Fleetwith Pike. The nearest water is Buttermere with Crummock Water behind and a glimpse of Loweswater in the distance.

The Buttermere Valley from Fleetwith Pike. The nearest water is Buttermere with Crummock Water behind and a glimpse of Loweswater in the distance.

Buttermere from Fleetwith Pike.

Buttermere from Fleetwith Pike.

Fleetwith Pike, overlooking Buttermere and Crummock Water

Fleetwith Pike, overlooking Buttermere and Crummock Water

Looking across to Fleetwith Pike

Looking across to Fleetwith Pike

Casper and Dougal on the summit

Casper and Dougal on the summit

Fleetwith Pike

Fleetwith Pike

Fleetwith Pike from Seat.

Fleetwith Pike from Seat.

Haystacks

Start point: Gatesgarth (NY 195 150)

Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere – Fleetwith Pike Haystacks – Scarth Gap – Scarth Gap Pass – Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere

Distance: 4.6 miles     Total Ascent: 717 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 35 minutes     Start Time: 07:25

Weather: Warm and still but generally overcast. 15ºC

It was amazingly still in Buttermere this morning with hardly a ripple on the lake. This made the climb of Fleetwith Edge a warm one with no cooling breeze at all. It was nice to get up this way again after a seemingly long absence and rather oddly I never saw a soul during the whole walk.

High Stile

Start point: Gatesgarth (NY 195 150)

Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere – Fleetwith Pike Haystacks SeatHigh Crag (Buttermere) – Grey Crag on High StileHigh StileRed Pike (Buttermere) – Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere

Distance: 8.2 miles     Total Ascent: 1260 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Warm, long sunny spells. 14ºC.

It was very still this morning and all the Lakes looked immaculate as I passed through on my way to Buttermere. Buttermere itself was absolutely stunning with the most perfect reflections imaginable so I couldn’t resist to stop and take a few photos. The weather for the walk was reasonably clear for most of it with the clouds coming in at the end making it feel a lot colder. It was great to see many families out on Haystacks, I have never seen it so busy as today.

High Stile

Start point: Gatesgarth (NY 195 150)

Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere – Fleetwith Pike –  Haystacks Seat (475) High Crag (Buttermere) –Grey Crag on High Stile (476) High StileRed Pike (Buttermere)Dodd (Buttermere) (477) – Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere

Distance: 11 miles     Total Ascent: 1400 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Sunny and warm. 24oC.

It was an absolutely beautiful day today, perfect walking weather. The sun was shining, the skies were blue and there was just enough breeze on the tops to keep cool. This is a lovely round of Buttermere and even better on a day like today due to the great, summery views. If I’d had enough time, it would have been nice to have a little snooze by Innominate Tarn in the warm sunshine…but never mind, perhaps next time.

Great Gable

Start point: Car Park at the head of Honister Pass (NY 225 135)

Honister Hause – Bell Crags – Black Star (440) Fleetwith Pike (441) – Moses Trod – Beck Head Great Gable Green Gable (442) – Gillercomb Head – Brandreth (443) Grey Knotts (444) Honister Hause

Distance: 8.75 miles     Total Ascent: 1159 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Grey and overcast. 5ºC.

Today the weather was a lot duller than yesterday for a walk up to Great Gable from the Honister Pass. It did look promising at the start, but after the ascent of Great Gable I never got out of the clouds until reaching Grey Knotts. It was very quiet up there today and I had every summit to myself, which must be a record for Great Gable I think!