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Fleetwith Pike, Grey Knotts,Brandreth, and Haystacks

PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:07 am
by andy63

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Perfect weather today - which is probably why the Lake District was more crowded than usual.After getting through the traffic jams, I just about managed to squeeze into a parking space on the road near Gatescarth Farm.
The walk started with a steep enjoyable climb up Fleetwith Edge, and then along the ridge to Honister Crag.

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Fleetwith Pike

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View of Buttermere

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Fleetwith Pike summit

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A long way down

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Honister Crag

I then went down past a quarry before heading up the grassy slopes of Grey Knotts.

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Grey Knotts

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Grey Knotts has a selection of knobbly little summits to scramble over. It was hard to tell which one was highest.

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Grey Knotts summit

Then it's a short walk along the ridge to Brandreth, which has an ugly looking summit area but some good views.

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Great Gable from Brandreth

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Haystacks and High Crag from Brandreth

I then headed in the general direction of Blackbeck Tarn, which I could see in the distance. There are some paths shown on the map, but I didn't bother trying to follow them, which meant I ended up having to cross a bit of marshy ground and then climb down a steep hillside.

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Blackbeck Tarn

From Blackbeck Tarn a rocky path goes up to the top of Haystacks, and then down to join the Scarth Gap pass, which leads back to Buttermere and Gatesgarth.

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Haystacks summit

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Fleetwith Pike, Grey Knotts, Brandreth and Haystacks

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This was a good day's walking in an area I'd like to revisit some time.