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Buttermere at its Best

Buttermere at its Best

Postby The English Alpinist » Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:14 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Great Borne, Haystacks, High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike (Buttermere), Starling Dodd

Hewitts included on this walk: Great Borne, High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike (Buttermere), Starling Dodd

Date walked: 20/03/2016

Time taken: 6

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1395m

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1 Buttermere.JPG
Easy start, from Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere.

Another one down, 2 to go! Just 2 - two - walks to do to finish my Wainwrights in Winter quest. The next one is just the small matter of going back to Rosthwaite Fell to make sure I find the summit properly. Yep, it's got to be done. It will make for a neat 40 walks in total anyway. Finally it will be 7 Central Fells from Castlerigg Stone Circle, about 6 hours. Today, however, it was my last visit to the Buttermere valley and a walk along the High Stile and Red Pike ridge no less. Quite biggies, but the weather was perfect, and full of the joys of Spring (I exaggerate) I set out. First up was Haystacks, Wainwright's favourite. Alas, I felt I started too late to do the full circuit of this, and contented myself with a straight up and down to the summit from Gatesgarth Pass. Besides, with leg-rash worry (I suspect biological washing powder) and knees which had felt the strain lately, I could do without the mileage. Even so, I was rewarded with one of the campaign highlights: another colony of freshly-spawned frogs!

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On the summit of Haystacks. The bigger fare of High Crag awaits.

3 High Crag.JPG
AW stood at the same place 40 years ago.

4 March 5th.JPG
View of Haystacks from Grey Knotts 2 weeks ago.

5 frogs.JPG
The frogs of Haystacks.

6 High Crag.JPG
High Crag ahead.

7 High Crag summit.JPG
On top of High Crag.

8 High Stile ridge.JPG
Along the ridge to High Stile.

9 to Red Pike.JPG
The ridge continues to Red Pike.

10 High Stile.JPG
Big cairn on High Stile summit.

11 Red Pike edge.JPG
Along the edge to Red Pike.

12 on Red Pike.JPG
Can see why Red Pike gets its name.

13 to Starling.JPG
Stylish cairn on way to Starling Dodd.

14 Starling.JPG
Starling Dodd summit.

15 Starling summit.JPG
Starling Dodd summit, with Great Borne ahead.

16 Borne summit.JPG
Great Borne summit, last of the day.

17 descent.JPG
Looking back to Great Borne on descent.

18 shelter.JPG
Surprise shelter encountered on improvised descent route.

19 valley.JPG
Long valley trek back.

20 lower.JPG
Lower down towards Crummock Water.

The day went without problems. Just two to do now!

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Crummock Water.

22 Buttermere.JPG
Buttermere, nearly done now.

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3 guesses for whose car was last to leave the car park today. 6.45 pm.
This is what remains! :-)
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Re: Buttermere at its Best

Postby ChrisW » Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:31 am

I see you've been saving the best of the weather for the last few TEA, lovely pics again though I think the excitement of the frog patch caused some camera wobble :wink: .....almost there now mate :clap:
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