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pdstsp

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Red Pike Buttermere
« on: 18:52:06, 20/02/19 »
A couple of weeks ago I had a Sunday and Monday in Buttermere.  Sunday was blowy and the clag didn't lift from the high fells,so I did a bit of a meander up Rannderdale Knotts and Whiteless Pike - I was hoping the cloud would lift, as it did over most of the Lakes, but it stayed down, so I dropped down to Crummock Water and Buttermere for a low level afternoon.


But Monday dawned clear and blue, with a sprinkling of snow on the tops.  My chosen route was Sourmilk Gill to Bleaberry Tarn and then up onto Red Pike.  The lady in the hotel described the path as the Devil's staircase, and it certainly had a lot of stony steps, but the views more than made up for it;
Towards Fleetwith Pike from just above the trees





Buttermere and Grasmoor from a bit further up;





The scenery changes as you reach Bleaberry Tarn, with the walls of Red Pike and High Stile surrounding





The route up from Bleaberry starts off relatively easy before steepening at The Saddle.  There was a little more snow here, but it was soft and there was no ice to speak of.


Reflections in the tarn
 


The final push to the summit was obviously loose scree/shale type stuff - quite hard going.  Just before the summit of Red Pike is a short gully, and this was pretty chocked with snow, quite soft and with big steps in it.  Then the summit plateau;


Looking towards High Stile

Summit of Red Pike





I met two fellrunners on Red Pike and a walker on High Crag, and that was it for the day, until the Buttermere lake path


Leave only footprints;



Now, I'm thinking this is from High Stile, but really, who knows;



Pillar, being Pillar, and looking great



View down to Crummock Water



From High Crag I descended to Seat and Scarth Gap before making my sad way back to Buttermere.  I love this corner of the Lakes, and had a great day. 




Ridge

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Re: Red Pike Buttermere
« Reply #1 on: 18:58:33, 20/02/19 »
Lovely pictures, looks like you had a stunning day for it.
Over hill, over dale. Thorough brush, thorough brier....
I do wander every where

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Re: Red Pike Buttermere
« Reply #2 on: 19:01:22, 20/02/19 »
Superb pics Paul.  That's such a nice route even with Devils Staircase

There is something very appealing about Buttermere.

Cheers
Lee

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Re: Red Pike Buttermere
« Reply #3 on: 19:03:14, 20/02/19 »
Brilliant day and photos. 'Looking towards High Stile' is particularly sharp and dramatic.  O0

pdstsp

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« Reply #4 on: 19:15:33, 20/02/19 »
Thanks Ridge - it really was a lovely day, and so so quiet.


Cheers Lee - yes there is something appealing about Buttermere, but the Fish was closed so I had my beers in the Bridge ;D


Cheers vghikers - mix of sun, blue sky, wispy cloud and snow makes for great scenery doesn't it?


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« Reply #5 on: 20:30:38, 20/02/19 »
The kind of day that makes everything worthwhile. Great photos  O0
Only a hill but all of life to me, up there between the sunset and the sea. 
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« Reply #6 on: 20:54:25, 20/02/19 »
Stunning shots, I love days like this with the snow and the sun O0
DRIP COFFINS  :D

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« Reply #7 on: 22:19:31, 20/02/19 »
More fabulous pics  O0 Love the reflections in the tarn shot  :)
"Who would've thought...... you are light and darkness coming through" words by Tim Armstrong

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« Reply #8 on: 22:21:17, 20/02/19 »
whats the emoji for jealous?

pdstsp

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« Reply #9 on: 09:20:05, 21/02/19 »
Thanks IM, April and Beefy - I love winter walking, it always seems special when you get perfect conditions!  Especially on a Monday.


MarkT - I don't know, but I wish there was one for some  of the reports on here!





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Re: Red Pike Buttermere
« Reply #10 on: 09:24:14, 21/02/19 »
Looks like a cracking day on the fells and you got great pictures of it.   O0


Another vote for "Looking towards High Stile" from me as favourite, a beautiful photo!

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« Reply #11 on: 09:38:19, 21/02/19 »

Cheers Lee - yes there is something appealing about Buttermere, but the Fish was closed so I had my beers in the Bridge ;D


Bit of a shame that... wonder why the Fish was closed? Drinking in the Bridge... tough times, tough times  ;D

pdstsp

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« Reply #12 on: 10:38:35, 21/02/19 »
Thanks Adalard - it's a lovely view! 


Lee - it was closed  for a couple of weeks according to the website - nothing to worry about!  I do like the bar in the Bridge, I just don't like the price of staying there!

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« Reply #13 on: 11:08:55, 21/02/19 »
Lovely photos of a delightful corner of the Lakes.

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« Reply #14 on: 14:26:42, 21/02/19 »
Great pics from the best area of the Lakes.