Buttermere south skyline
The fells encompassed in this walk - Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Seat - all lie on the southern side of Buttermere, and once the first of them is attained, a wonderful airy ridge walk ensues, until the descent from High Crag summit, with splendid views down into Buttermere and Crummock Water and over to the Newlands and Coledale fells to the north and west, and of Ennerdale, Pillar, Steeple, Great Gable, Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike to the south and east. I would strongly recommend proceeding anti-clockwise, since the ascent to Red Pike seems less strenuous than going up by High Crag, and this also leaves the gentle stroll back along the shore of Buttermere to last.As Wainwright says: ‘No mountain range in Lakeland is more dramatically impressive than this, no other more spectacularly sculptured, no other more worthy of climbing and exploring. Here the scenery assumes truly Alpine characteristics, yet without sacrifice of the intimate charms, the romantic atmosphere, found in Lakeland and nowhere else.’ (The Western Fells, High Stile 3). Can’t get much better than that!Distance: 7.32 miles/11.8 km, ascent: 3092 ft./943 m.
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