Red Pike (Buttermere)

Height: 755 metres / 2477 feet Grid reference: NY 16054 15453 Category: The Western Fells

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The summit of Red Pike

The summit of Red Pike

Red Pike from Dodd

Red Pike from Dodd

Looking over to Red Pike and Dodd beyond Bleaberry Tarn with Crummock Water and Mellbreak beyond

Looking over to Red Pike and Dodd beyond Bleaberry Tarn with Crummock Water and Mellbreak beyond

Ennerdale Circuit

Start point: Bleach Green, Ennerdale (NY 085 153)

Bleach Green – Bowness Great Borne Starling Dodd Little Dodd (Ennerdale) Red Pike (Buttermere) High Stile High Crag Memorial Bridge, Ennerdale – High Level Traverse – Shamrock Traverse Pillar Black Crag (Pillar) Scoat Fell Steeple Haycock Little Gowder Crag Caw Fell Ennerdale Fell Crag Fell – Bleach Green

Distance: 18 miles     Total Ascent: 2183 metres     Time Taken: 10 hours     Start Time: 06:00

Weather: Sunny and warm. 15°C

It’s a good while since I have done a full day walk and today seemed like a good opportunity to do a circuit of lovely Ennerdale. The weather was superb, a bit fresher than of late and the air was clearer for it. It was a great day out amongst my favourite fells and it was relatively quiet up there too, although it was good to chat to StridingEdge fans on Scoat Fell and then on Steeple. 

High Stile

Start point: Buttermere (NY 176 170)

Buttermere – Bleaberry Tarn – The Saddle – Red Pike (Buttermere) High Stile High Crag – Gamlin End – Scarth Gap – Burtness Wood – Buttermere

Distance: 6.8 miles     Total Ascent: 867 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours     Start Time: 07:10

Weather: Rain, cloudy. 14C

It is ages since I have been to Buttermere so I got up at the crack of dawn to get an early start to a predicted nice day. However, that failed to materialise although it did look as though it could brighten up but once I was up on the ridge it worsened and it ended up raining heavily.

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.

Ennerdale Circuit

Start point: Bleach Green, Ennerdale (NY 085 153)

Bleach Green – Bowness Brown How (Ennerdale)HerdusGreat BorneGale FellStarling DoddLittle Dodd (Ennerdale)  Red Pike (Buttermere) (357) High Stile (358) High Crag (359) Haystacks (360) –  Looking Stead – High Level Traverse – Shamrock Traverse PillarBlack Crag (Pillar)Scoat FellSteepleHaycockLittle Gowder CragCaw FellEnnerdale FellCrag Fell – Bleach Green

Distance: 23.6 miles     Total Ascent: 2864 metres     Time Taken: 10 hour 20 minutes

Weather: Mainly sunny with lots of snow (!) showers. 7-11°C, valley level – much colder on the tops.

Today’s walk is a long, high level circuit of the beautiful Ennerdale Valley with virtually the whole route being completed at an elevation in excess of 500m. I have had this one on my list of ‘to do’ walks for a while so it was satisfying to complete the walk on a mainly clear day. The photo’s here actually belie the conditions somewhat as the clouds came in when I was crossing from Haystacks to Pillar and there was an icy blizzard. The snow showers continued to come and go throughout the rest of the walk and conditions remained very cold.