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The High Stile Ridge
by MarkyMark10 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:58 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike (Buttermere)
Hewitts included on this walk: High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike (Buttermere)
Date walked: 13/08/2015
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We parked in the Gatesgarth Farm Car Park near Buttermere in glorious weather. Blue skies and clear summits. Perfect.
The initial climb was stunning with views of Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere itself, and also a clear view of the ridge of High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike to come.
First aim for the day was to reach Scarth Gap which lies between Haystacks and Seat. A tough haul up but gaining altitude quickly. At the crossroad on Scarth Gap we turn right for our scramble up Seat. This was fairly challenging due to the loose scree but the boys loved it and definitely an interesting way up Seat.
The view of High Crag from Seat makes it look a challenging and scree climb.
However, the good zig zag path soon gains height although tough in the heat. There is some scree towards the top to finish the climb.
Obligatory Summit Shot
Lunch on top of High Crag with glorious view of Ennerdale and the Scafells.
Next objective is High Stile, highest point of the days climb at 2,644ft. Lovely walk in this weather over craggy ground and Eagle Crags overlooking Buttermere.
The climb up the back of High Stile is quickly sorted for more views in fantastic weather.
With the last peak of the day in Red Pike in sight , the boys didn’t like that we had to lose altitude climbing down crags to get off High Stile. However, once down it’s a pleasant walk up to the summit of Red Pike.
The descent from Red Pike to Bleaberry Tarn was possibly the hardest part of the day. Very steep and loose rocks made this very slow going. Red dust getting everywhere. I kind of wished we had carried on to Starling Dodd and come down another way as it was so bad.
Bleaberry Tarn was crystal clear and we spent time watching for fish.
The path down to Buttermere was good but hard on tired legs. However, the stroll beside Buttermere back to Gatesgarth Farm raised spirits again, and what a fantastic days walking we had.
Traditional Ice cream and pint of coke in Keswick before returning to the North East, tired and a bit sunburnt. What a day!
PS. All photos taken on my phone. Unfortunately, someone left the camera at home
by johnkaysleftleg » Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:15 pm
We did the round the other way and came down Red Pike, it is truly horrible.
by trailmasher » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:11 pm
by ChrisW » Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:20 am
by MarkyMark10 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:04 pm
The boys certainly were leading the way. If anything I was slowing them down up High Crag.
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