Warnscale Bothy & Fleetwith Pike

Name of walk Warnscale Bothy & Fleetwith Pike
Date of walk 2020-09-17

On Thursday I left home at 5.30am to drive to Gatesgarth. It was going to be a glorious day and not wanting to be among the hoards that head to Buttermere, I thought it wise to get up early and beat the rush. I parked in the car park, still only £4 for the day. I had planned to walk up to Warnscale Bothy, then on to Dubs Bothy, Fleetwith Pike, and Honister Crag, then back down the track on the otherside of the beck. A walk of 7 miles. It was dull and overcast when I arrived at 7.30 am, but I knew it would clear up, hopefully by the time I got to the bothy. If not I had the luxury of having the time to wait for clear blue skies.

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Fungi on a tree at Gatesgarth.

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Fleetwith Pike from the side.

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I head into Warnscale, Haystacks on the right.

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The sheep are being gathered in. I can hear the farmer on the mountainside with his dogs, and see the sheep moving down.

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I head for the footbridge.

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Warnscale Beck.

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The rapids.

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Buttermere, perfectly still.

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I make good progress up the track, but the sky is still overcast.

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Fleetwith Pike summit is now out of the clouds. Below is the track I will use for my route back.

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Warnscale Bothy is just off to the right of the main track. It is so well camouflaged that it can easily be missed.

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The way in.

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Perfectly comfortable for two people.

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Bring your own firewood.

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A room with a view!

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View from the bothy.

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View to Buttermere and Crummock Water in close up.

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This was the view when I arrived just after 8.30am. The cloud was still down over High Crag, High Stile, and on Grasmoor, and cloud shadowed the valley. So I sat and admired the view while the sun rose above the mountain behind me, and slowly began to burn off the cloud.

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Panorama of the view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. The cloud was slowly burning off, now only a small amount shrouded the high fells.

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Clouds all gone!

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Beautiful! Well worth the early start!

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I take one more shot from further round and then set off back to the main track and head up to meet the track to Haystacks from Fleetwith Pike.

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View back from the end of the track.

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I turn left and head for Dubs Quarry.

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I cross Warnscale Beck, noting the start of my descent track, and head up to the quarry.

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Dubs Hut. Another mountain bothy.

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Much larger than Warnscale Bothy and can sleep a lot more walkers.

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The outside facilities.

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Ever felt you're being watched?

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I explore the rest of the quarry. View down to the bothy and across to Haystacks with Pillar behind, then Seat, High Crag and High Stile.

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I head up the quiet track to Fleetwith Pike.

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Summit view.

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Selfie summit view.

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Great Gable peaking above the cloud.

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Close up shot. In the distance Loweswater can be seen, with Low Fell to the right, where I was last Thursday. Mellbreak on the left.

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West view panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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North view panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. On the right is Robinson, Rannerdale Knotts and Grasmoor.

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I take a shot of the cairns, there are a few people now on the summit. I have an early lunch here absorbing the view for about 40 minutes.

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Just before I was about to go I recognised a new arrival, fellow bell ringer, Geoff's brother Roger. Seen in photo. So we had a socially distanced chat.

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I then headed for the edge and the view down to the Honister Pass. Hindscarth across.

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I kept to the edge of Honister Crag.

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A view north.

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View to Honister Slate Mine. Slopes of Dale Head on the left.

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In close up.

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View down Honister Crag, the site of the Via Ferrata, and some old mine workings.

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I have a quick look going down the steps towards the Ash Crag Tunnel. This is the route of the last section of the Honister Crag Railway. Massive retaining buttresses were built up to carry the rails across the rugged terrain.

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This is as far as I can safely go.

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I return back up.

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The building that contained the winding section (Drum House).

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View to a quarry building from the top of Honister Crag.

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I pass the working quarry, currently quiet.

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I take this track back to Dubs Hut.

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Then I head for the path back down the other side of Warnscale Beck.

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Passing the falls.

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View up the beck before it becomes a gorge.

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More waterfalls.

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The track is quite stony.

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View back up from the bottom.

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The farmers have just finished the gather. They worked both sides of the mountains in the valley. A long job. Five dogs were keeping the sheep in check.

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The sheep went into a lush, green lowland field and I walked back to my car. Then bought a cold can of drink from the farm shop.

An excellent walk on a gorgeous day! The walk took me six and a half hours, but over an hour and forty minutes of that was spent admiring the views.

Jo.

 

 

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