Red Pike to High Crag from Buttermere on a Blue Sky Day

Name of walk Red Pike to High Crag from Buttermere on a Blue Sky Day
Date of walk 2006-07-18
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 0 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Red Pike High Stile, High Crag
Walked with Ged
Parking Roadside above Buttermere Church
The hottest day of the year so far (over 30C) and Ged and I decide to go to Buttermere and climb Red Pike via Bleaberry Tarn (2479ft), then a ridge walk to High Stile (2644ft) then High Crag (2443ft), and back down the side of Buttermere. The walk took us over nine hours! God, it was hot!

Set off from Barrow at just after eight in the morning and got to Buttermere village about 10.15 and were ready to roll by 10.30.

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The view shows Dodd on the right (Red Pike is behind it) and High Stile on the left. Bleaberry Tarn is in the dip.

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Fleetwith Pike at the far end of Buttermere.

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Mountain Man!

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Super reflections.

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Grasmoor behind me

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Bleaberry Tarn below.

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Over the otherside is Ennerdale.

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Close up showing a bit of Derwent Water and Catbells and on towards Keswick.

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Now time to move on to High Stile.

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From High Stile back to Red Pike and Dodd. You can see how steep it was from this. The last hundred foot or so was pure scree and very slippery.

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Me on summit of High Stile.

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Now moving on to High Crag.

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Pillar rock.

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Down now to Seat with Haystacks just beyond. In the middle from left to right is Green Gable, Great Gable and Kirk Fell with the scafells behind. Ennerdale valley below.

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More steep scree on way down to Seat.

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At this point we had run out of water so we had to head off and find a stream. I took three bottles with me but it was nowhere near adequate, but any more would have been too heavy to carry. We headed off down via Gamlin End to meet Scarth Gap, the route down from Haystacks.

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Water was crystal clear! So we drunk our fill.

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Fleetwith Pike on the left and Haystacks on the right.

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Down towards Gatesgarth at the head of Buttermere.

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Reflections are back as its now nearly seven pm and very still.

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End of the Lake so not far now. Got to the pub about seven thirty. Did we need a drink!

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Stopped at Thirlmere on the way home.

Home at 10.15. A long day but super views.

Jo

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