High Stile Range

High Stile Range

Western Lake District

Route: The High Stile Range

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 30th July 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 8.5 miles

Ascent: 2,800 feet

Weather: Extensive cloud cover but plenty of bright patches

The High Stile Range is one of the classic lakeland walks, visiting the 3 high fells which tower over the western shore of Buttermere – Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag in order of appearance

I parked in the National Trust car park outside Buttermere village and walked past the foot of the lake, leaving the lakeshore path to start the climb up to Red Pike. A rocky staircase took me much of the way but after reaching Bleaberry Tarn the going got tougher and the final pull to the summit of Red Pike was quite hard – very steep and loose underfoot. Having said that it’s better going up than coming down, which is why I did the walk anti-clockwise

The views from Red Pike were fantastic and after admiring them for a while I started the walk along the ridge, visiting the highest point High Stile at 2,644 feet and then High Crag

Next came the very steep descent down Gamlin End, tortuous on the knees and seemingly never ending. Eventually I arrived back down on the shore of Buttermere and from there it was a pleasant stroll back to the start of what had been a fantastic walk

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