It was way back in 1989 that I first did this walk but a few years ago I decided try it again. It seemed to have got steeper. As I drove over the Honnister Pass it started to rain and by the time I parked by the Fish Hotel in Buttermere it was pouring down. Les and I sat in the car hoping it would stop but no such luck. We had to make a decision, should we go for it?. It had taken me almost three hours to drive here so we had to do it. Dressed in full waterproofs we set out. I remembered I had a large umbrella in the boot of the car so I decided to take that as well.
Our first objective was Red Pike via Bleaberry Tarn, just under 2 miles but 2150 feet of ascent. At first everything was fine but as we gained height we felt the full force of the wind. My umbrella was soon blown inside out.
The path was stony except for a short section along a grassy shelf but by the time we reached Bleaberry Tarn it had stopped raining. I now had the problem of what to do with my redundant umbrella. I managed to jam it into my rucksack but from then on a looked like the TV presenter who recorded ‘The Coast’ series.
It was a stiff climb to reach the summit at 2479 ft but the views were magnificent. To the West was Crummock Water whilst below us lay Buttermere.
Crummock Water from Red Pike
Looking down on Buttermere
We now set out on the ridge route to High Stile. The weather had improved and we were safely able to follow the edge of the escarpment to get the best of the views.
Bleaberry Tarn from Chapel Crags.
On the High Stile ridge.
From the summit at 2644 ft we headed SE towards out next summit, High Crag at 2443 ft. It was easy walking, we just had to follow the old fence posts.
The final section of our walk was a steep and stony descent down Scarth Gap to Buttermere and then a pleasant stroll back to Buttermere Village.
Conditions were perfect from a photographic point of view but I felt that my best images were those I converted to Monochrome.
A great day out.