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High Stile ridge from Buttermere

High Stile ridge from Buttermere


Postby Beery Hiker » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:08 pm

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

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

Date walked: 23/09/2018

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It has taken me far too long to write this up, but this was the best day of my week in the Lakes last September.

Having left the hostel at Buttermere, I took the direct path to Scale Bridge

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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

The path towards Scale Force is much improved since Wainwright's day!

First view of Crummock Water
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Looking over to Rannerdale Knotts, with Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike behind
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Crummock Water again
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Scale Force
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and from further back
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

couldn't resist a few shots of the fungi
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

another glimpse of Scale Force
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

above the force
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

we could almost be in the Peak District now!
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

looking down Scale Beck
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Having left Scale Beck, the steep heather slope was hard work, but the views were opening a little
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

but I soon reached easier grass slopes
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

first view of the Solway Firth and Galloway
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

The cairn on Starling Dodd is still very much as Wainwright drew it
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

looking over Ennerdale Water
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

and from a slightly better viewpoint
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Loweswater hills, Solway Firth turbines and Galloway
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

First shower of the day over Crummock Water
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

On the walk to red Pike looking back over Ennerdale
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

... and the Isle of Man
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

from Red Pike looking down to Buttermere
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

more weather on the way
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

the ridge towards High Stile
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Bleaberry Tarn
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

and again from further round
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

on the summit plateau of High Stile
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Crummock Water again
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

The highest point according to the OS (Wainwright disagreed)
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

looking on towards High Crag
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

another view down to Buttermere
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

Buttermere and Crummock Water from High Crag
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

a rather untidy summit with a view towards Great Gable
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last view of Ennerdale Water
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

the scree slope on Gamlin End is much improved by the well engineered zigzag path
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr

I continued over Seat to Scarth Gap, and took no more pictures until I reached the shores of Buttermere:
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High Stile etc by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
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Last edited by Beery Hiker on Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:46 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: High Stile ridge from Buttermere

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:22 pm

Great photos of a fine route!

You got much closer to Scale Force than I did back in the 1970s, when I remember the place as an overgrown bracken jungle on very soggy ground.

But above the waterfall, I recall getting back near to the "Peak District" style stream among the luxuriant heather.

I never got to Starling Dodd, but your photo looks exactly like the Wainwright illustration!

The rest of the ridge is, of course, one of the classic Lakeland walks - and it's perfectly captured by your photos.

Tim
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Re: High Stile ridge from Buttermere

Postby Beery Hiker » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:02 pm

HalfManHalfTitanium wrote:Great photos of a fine route!

You got much closer to Scale Force than I did back in the 1970s, when I remember the place as an overgrown bracken jungle on very soggy ground.

But above the waterfall, I recall getting back near to the "Peak District" style stream among the luxuriant heather.

I never got to Starling Dodd, but your photo looks exactly like the Wainwright illustration!

The rest of the ridge is, of course, one of the classic Lakeland walks - and it's perfectly captured by your photos.

Tim


Thanks Tim. Looking forward to the next Scottish trip
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