Lake District walks - Buttermere ridge

This is High Stile and High Crag, taken from across the Buttermere valley on the slopes of Whiteless Pike. The village is down to the right, and the walk comes from Red Pike out of sight on the right towards Scarth Gap hidden behind High Crag on the left.

The same view, from Buttermere village. If you are in a hurry, just go up Sourmilk Ghyll, which is the vertical gully on the right of the picture, to Bleaberry Tarn just below the summit of Red Pike.

Not being in any hurry, we go past the Fish Hotel in the village, and head off to the right along the edge of Crummock Water. Mellbreak is the fell straight ahead, and Grasmoor looms across the lake

Grasmoor from higher up, on the path beside Scale Force.

Rannerdale Knotts is the little fell in front of Grasmoor. From this angle you can see the similarities with its big brother Fleetwith Pike.

When ascending Scale Force, it is preferable to take the path on the left of the stream/waterfall, and to cut up left as the gradient decreases. This avoids the OS map path, which implies a tedious slog across a rather featureless moor, and allows you to reach the cairn on Blea Crag, where you get these views. You can see both Crummock Water and Buttermere, and the main fells are, from the left: Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike, Robinson (in the centre of the picture), Fleetwith Pike, and Red Pike.

Buttermere village down below Red Pike. From the village the road winds up to Newlands Hause, where you can park for walks up Robinson, on the right, or the Ard Crags ridge on the left. In the distance are Blencathra and Clough Head, and the Pennines.

Views from the top of Red Pike

This is Bleaberry Tarn, where you can drop down, very sharply, to Buttermere.

A good view of the walk from High Snockrigg, on the left, up to Robinson, and then across to Dale Head, perhaps via Hindscarth, which is visible beyond the top of Robinson. In the distance you can see the whole of the Helvellyn ridge.

This is the path from Red Pike to High Stile, which is the highest point on the ridge.. On the right is Pillar, and in the distance you get a good idea of the Mickledore "hole" between Scafell and Scafell Pike.

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For somewhere to stay nearby, try

Highbridge Cottage.

P. G. R. Rigg 27/07/2005