This walk, on the first day of my recent brief stay in Buttermere, was made possible by a gradual improvement in the afternoon weather conditions (though the cloud/rain never lifted completely). Even though it remained overcast , I was able to finally become acquainted with some of the main attractions of this remote vale. Crag Fell is the main peak on the southern side of the lake, at its entrance. The ascent was first of all along the shore path, and then, having missed the slanting path up to the top of Angler's Crag, I coninued on past Robin Hood's Chair and round the base of the crag to another path, further east, that eventually also led up to the intended first point of reconnaissance. I dawdled about near this fine viewpoint for some time in the hope of the cloud lifting further to at least reveal the Pinnacles a little higher up the slope of the remainder of the fell. But in fact the exploratrion of the tops of the various rocky outcrops that make up the northernmost edge of Angler's Crag proved to be rewarding in itself, given the interesting shapes of the formations and the thick, colourful flora reaching right down to the lake shore.The cloud having finally lifted somewhat, I set off up the path to the main summit, slanting up below the Pinnacles and then on to the edge of Revelin Crag. However, the summit itself remained persistently cloud-capped. Nevertheless, on descent it was possible to thread through the Pinnacles and admire both their dramatic shapes as well as catch increasingly clear views (though they were never completely so) across to Bowness Knott and Great Bourne on the northern shore as well as further east along the reach of the lake and to the remoter parts of this lonely valley. All in all, this is as good a walk as anywhere in Lakeland. All that is needed to enjoy it to the full is i) access to the area, ii) good weather!Highest point (Crag Fell): 523m/1716 ft. Distance: 8.39 km/5.21 miles. Ascent: 493 m/1619 ft. FURTHER INFORMATIONFor further details of this walk, see the following:Richards, M. Lakeland Fellranger series - The Western Fells (2011). Cicerone. Wainwright, A. A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 7: The Western Fells (1958). Westmorland Gazette/Frances Lincoln. Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL4 (1: 25 000) The Lake District: NW Area [or equivalent].
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