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A Honister Round from Buttermere

A Honister Round from Buttermere


Postby dav2930 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:24 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Brandreth, Dale Head, Grey Knotts, Haystacks, Hindscarth, Robinson

Hewitts included on this walk: Brandreth, Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson

Date walked: 30/11/2019

Time taken: 7.5

Distance: 18.7 km

Ascent: 1523m

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Another yomp with Karl. Cold and frosty this time, with quite a lot of ice about. Took our microspkes just in case but didn't need them in the end, though the frosty rocks slowed us down in places.

Drove over Newlands Pass, which was a bit dicey, parked just above Buttermere village and set off at 9.20am. Down through village to lake, along lake-side and up to Scarth Gap. Big party of folks going up here. Over Haystacks to Blackbeck Tarn then up Brandreth, along to Grey Knotts and down to the Honister Slate Mines, where we stopped for lunch and coffee. On up Dale Head, along to Hindscarth then Robinson. Sun setting by now. Down across Buttermere Moss and descent from High Snockrigg in fading light. Lights of Buttermere coming on, sickle moon and stars appearing.

Finished with a meal in the Fish Inn as a pre-Christmas celebration. Drove home over Whinlatter. Nice day, enjoyable walk. :D

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Fleetwith Pike from foot of Buttermere


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Haystacks from the path up to Scarth Gap


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Fleetwith Pike from the path up to Scarth Gap


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Haystacks from Scarth Gap


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Tarn on Haystacks, lightly frozen


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Pillar from Haystacks


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Ennerdale Water and High Crag from Haystacks


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High Crag, Crummock Water and the Grasmoor fells, from Haystacks


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Robinson, Skiddaw, Hindscarth and Dale Head with Fleetwith Pike in front, from Haystacks


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Grey Knotts, Brandreth and the Gables, from Haystacks


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Brandreth and the Gables from Innominate Tarn


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Green Gable and Great Gable from Brandreth


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Red Pike, Scoat Fell and Pillar, from Brandreth


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Glaramara with Base Brown in front, from Brandreth


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Borrowdale and Helvellyn range from Brandreth


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View west from Grey Knotts


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Dale Head from Grey Knotts


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Borrowdale, the Dodds and Helvellyn, from Grey Knotts


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Honister Slate Works - lunch stop!


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Honister Crag and Buttermere from the path up Dale Head


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Newlands Valley and Skiddaw, from Dale Head


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Hindscarth from Dale Head


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High Spy from Dale Head


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Cloud-capped Gable, from Dale Head


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Cairn on summit of Dale Head, looking north


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Pillar from Dale Head


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Grasmoor, Eel Crag, Grisedale Pike, from Hindscarth


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Causey Pike and Skiddaw, from Hindscarth


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Gable and Kirk Fell, from Hindscarth


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Pillar from Hindscarth


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Dale Head from Hindscarth


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Robinson from Hindscarth


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Dale Head from Robinson


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Crummock Water, Rannerdale Knotts and Loweswater, from Robinson


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Grasmoor, Wandope and Eel Crag, from Robinson


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Skiddaw and Blencathra, from Robinson


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Gable and Kirk Fell, from Robinson


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Sun setting behind High Stile, from Robinson


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Buttermere village beckons in the twighlight



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dav2930
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Re: A Honister Round from Buttermere

Postby trailmasher » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:18 pm

Now that's a good handful for a winters day dav with a good photo selection of the surrounding fells :clap: and it looks like the day got brighter as you went on :) The slate mine is a handy watering hole when crossing over the pass and gets one ready for the haul up to Dale Head top 8)
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Re: A Honister Round from Buttermere

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:39 pm

Excellent walk in what looks to be super conditions. I was lucky enough to make it over on Friday for a Coledale(ish) round. I do like the thought of the mid way cafe stop. :D
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Re: A Honister Round from Buttermere

Postby dav2930 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:44 pm

trailmasher wrote:Now that's a good handful for a winters day dav with a good photo selection of the surrounding fells :clap: and it looks like the day got brighter as you went on :) The slate mine is a handy watering hole when crossing over the pass and gets one ready for the haul up to Dale Head top 8)

Thanks TM. It was nice being on the fells as the sun was setting, it gave a soft, golden light. Yep, it's a handy little café, that! :D

johnkaysleftleg wrote:Excellent walk in what looks to be super conditions. I was lucky enough to make it over on Friday for a Coledale(ish) round. I do like the thought of the mid way cafe stop. :D

Thanks JK. Yes, just the conditions you want in November - clear and crisp. I must admit I'm getting quite partial to mid-way café stops! :lol: Hope you enjoyed your Coledale round; definitely one of my favourites, by whichever of it's many possible versions. :D
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Re: A Honister Round from Buttermere

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:30 pm

Looks like a brilliant route; but with weather like that I guess practically any route in the LD would be brilliant! I gotta get out (sadly a bit tied up with electioneering :( ).

Superb pics. :thumbup: Really got me champing at the bit!
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Re: A Honister Round from Buttermere

Postby dav2930 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:59 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Looks like a brilliant route; but with weather like that I guess practically any route in the LD would be brilliant! I gotta get out (sadly a bit tied up with electioneering :( ).

Superb pics. :thumbup: Really got me champing at the bit!

Thanks AK. You're right, when the weather's nice is great just to get out on the fells, full stop. :D

Good luck with the electioneering (you're not an MP are you?). I won't ask which party you're electioneering for, but I'm pretty sure I can guess which one you're not! I think this is going to be the most stressful election in living memory :shock: :(
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