Fleetwith Pike

Fleetwith Pike

Route: Fleetwith Pike

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 19th July 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.2 miles

Ascent: 1,800 feet

Weather: Mixed sunshine and cloud, very warm

We parked in the car park at Gatesgarth Farm and walked beside the Honister Pass road for a few yards before turning off to start the climb up Fleetwith Pike. It’s a relentlesss climb up Low Raven Crag, along Fleetwith Edge and thence to the summit. The ridge looks alarming seen from below, and while there are some steep sections where hands are needed, there’s nothing to frighten the horses – it’s a delightful climb. The enjoyment of the ascent is enhanced by the wonderful retrospective views over Buttermere and Crummock Water

From the summit we made our way along the knobbly hinterland of the fell across to Dubs Quarry. When we reached the old slate mining works we joined the rocky path beside Warnscale Beck which took us down to Warnscale Bottom. There were more glorious views over Buttermere as we made the easy descent

Having reached valley level, it was a stroll back along the path to Gatesgarth to complete a short but superb fell walk

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