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A Honister Round.

A Honister Round.


Postby mamoset » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:52 pm

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

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

Date walked: 12/04/2012

Time taken: 9.5

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1446m

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The weather had seemed to have settled down a bit, so we decided on a to and fro walk around Honister on hills we had only visited once previously. There was low lying cloud on arrival at Honister, though we were confident this wouldn't last :?
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Rays coming through the low cloud.
We'd set off that early, nothing was open at Honister Mine, so we headed up the old Tramway path to Drum House.
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First glimpse of Haystacks and High Stile ridge from Drum House.
We took a left here and went below Grey Knotts, heading for Brandreth first.
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High Stile, Buttermere and Crummock Water under the low cloud.
On the path up to Brandreth, Great Gable, Kirk Fell & Pillar came into view.
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Great Gable and Kirk Fell.
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Pillar.
From Brandreth it's a quick and easy traverse across slightly boggy ground to make Grey Knotts. As the cloud was slowly lifting, we didn't stay long here and made a beeline for Fleetwith Pike, topping Black Star first.
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Robinson & Hindscarth from Black Star.
It was really warming up by now and the views down Buttermere began to open up.
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Fleetwith Pike top and Buttermere.
I think the view of Pillar from Fleetwith Pike is as good as any in the Lakes.
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Pillar looms over Haystacks.
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Great Gable and Scafell from Fleetwith Pike.
We left the summit and stopped halfway down Fleetwith Edge for lunch and to admire the views.
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Grasmoor and some NW Fells.
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Down Buttermere from Fleetwith Edge.
After our brief lunch stop, we figured it would be rude not to visit the ice cream van at Gatescarth Farm, and well worth it it was too :D . Went to photograph the Buttermere pines next, but the light wasn't the kindest :(
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Haystacks and the Buttermere Pines.
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Looking into Burtness Comb.
It was really warm now as we set off up the side of Robinson. The views were good, but not the most exciting route we've ever took up a mountain :lol:
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Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks from our ascent route.
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High Snockrigg, Grasmoor and big clouds.
The cloud began to drop as we approached the summit of Robinson and the temperature dropped, so we decided not to hang around and quickly made our way towards Hindscarth.
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Hindscarth route and Dale Head.
It was looking quite gloomy, though there was still plenty of people, including young families heading across the tops :)
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Skiddaw from Hindscarth Edge.
After being hit by the first spots of rain, we headed down from Dale Head, thanking our foresight in parking at the top of the pass and saving the knees a couple of hundred meters descent :lol:
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Honister Crag.
This turned out to be a really interesting walk over fells we have tended to ignore, but i'm sure we will be back :D
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Re: A Honister Round.

Postby ChrisW » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:47 pm

That's a fair old wander Mamoset and I'm glad you decided to do it, what a beautiful round with spectacular views all along the way, great stuff :D
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Re: A Honister Round.

Postby garyhortop » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:14 am

Cracking photo's Mamoset and quite a walk! A stunning part of the lakes! :D
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Re: A Honister Round.

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:04 pm

You've captured some beautiful light in those pics. :thumbup:
I'll second the comments about Fleetwith Pike. Marvellous views all the way up (or down) the edge.
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Re: A Honister Round.

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:24 pm

This was a great walk and an interesting round! Some fantastic photos, especially the one of Pillar :D
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Re: A Honister Round.

Postby simon-b » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:04 pm

SusieThePensioner wrote:This was a great walk and an interesting round! Some fantastic photos, especially the one of Pillar :D


I agree with Susie. And that view of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater all in a row from the Fleetwith ridge is a Lakes classic.

Did you manage to keep your feet dry when crossing Buttermere Moss on the way to Robinson, Mamoset?
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Re: A Honister Round.

Postby mamoset » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:48 am

ChrisW wrote:That's a fair old wander Mamoset and I'm glad you decided to do it, what a beautiful round with spectacular views all along the way, great stuff :D

Not quite as spectacular as some of your Canadian views Chris, but great in its own way :lol:
garyhortop wrote:Cracking photo's Mamoset and quite a walk! A stunning part of the lakes! :D

Cheers Gary
johnkaysleftleg wrote:You've captured some beautiful light in those pics. :thumbup:
I'll second the comments about Fleetwith Pike. Marvellous views all the way up (or down) the edge.

Thanks John
SusieThePensioner wrote:This was a great walk and an interesting round! Some fantastic photos, especially the one of Pillar :D

Yeh Susie, Pillar is a favourite of mine :)
simon-b wrote:
SusieThePensioner wrote:This was a great walk and an interesting round! Some fantastic photos, especially the one of Pillar :D

I agree with Susie. And that view of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater all in a row from the Fleetwith ridge is a Lakes classic.

Did you manage to keep your feet dry when crossing Buttermere Moss on the way to Robinson, Mamoset?

Feet nice and dry all the way round Simon, which was an added bonus as we expected some boggy spots here and there :D

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