Loweswater to Buttermere and back 2nd &3rd May 2009

Route-Day 1 - Maggie's Bridge - Burnbank Fell - Blake Fell - Gavel Fell - Great Borne - Starling Dodd -

Red Pike - High Stile - High Crag - Haystacks - Gatesgarth Farm

Day 2 - Gatesgarth Farm - Buttermere lakeside path - Crummockwater lakeside path - Maggie's Bridge

Route length 20.3 miles( both days) Ascent 5379ft (both days)


A lovely spring morning for my walk along the High Stile ridge with 3 of the Loweswater Fells tacked on to the start. This is looking to Holme Wood with Carling Knott behind.

Darling Fell and Loweswater.

On to the Slopes of Burnbank Fell now and the Grasmoor group come into view.

Looking to the coast from the summit fence of Burnbank Fell.

A little bit of Buttermere seen in the distance from Blake Fell.

With the three "easy" fells out of the way the work starts with the climb up Steel Brow to gain the ridge. I was surprised by the number of people passing along the path from Ennerdale to Crummock Water, there must have been three or four large groups in the time it took me to climb Steel Brow.

Floutern Crag and a little bit of Crummock Water.

On Great Borne now, looking up the Ennerdale valley with Great Gable at its head.

Great gable and Pillar seen through cairns on Starling Dodd.

Ennerdale Water from Starling Dodd.

Looking across to the Grasmoor fells and Crummock water from Chapel Crags

High Crag. The next top on the ridge. From High Stile.

Seat with Haystacks behind. From the top of the very steep descent down Gamlin End to Scarth Gap.

Haystacks. My last climb of the day.

High Crag and Gamlin End from the summit tarn on Haystacks.

Innominate Tarn with Great Gable behind.

The Buttermere valley from Haystacks. From Haystacks I made my way down to camp Gatesgarth farm where I had arranged to meet my brother and his family in the morning for a walk along the valley.

Looking back up to the waterfalls in Warnscale Beck.

Fleetwith Pike from the lakeside path.

Grasmoor from Low Ling Crag

Mellbreak from Loweswater village

The Kirkstile Inn. Time for a welcome pint.