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Sunday, 5 August 2007

Walk for Sunday 5th August Buttermere Horseshoe

BUTTERMERE HORSESHOE

LEADER ANNE KEY 07729 903 852

WALK FOR 5TH AUGUST
BUTTERMERE HORSESHOE
This is a long and strenuous walk that presents little technical difficulty. I plan to incorporate plenty of rest stops to enjoy the views / take a breather. Depending on weather conditions on the day, it may be necessary to shorten the walk.
Please bring plenty of waterproof, warm clothing and food/drink in case the weather doesn't cooperate!
From the National Trust car park at the village of Buttermere (GR 173172), we commence on a long, gradual ascent of Red Pike via Scale Force. Views open up across Crummock Water, taking in Grasmoor, Robinson and other fells.
From Red Pike, we follow the main path along the ridge, taking in High Stile, High Crag and Seat until we arrive at the path junction at Scarth Gap.
The main route continues from Scarth Gap to take in the twin summits of Haystacks. From Haystacks, the path descends past Innominate Tarn, where fine views can be had of Great Gable and Green Gable (and the remains of A.W. Wainwright).
If we all happen to be in a masochistic mood (and if the weather's cooperating), we may detour to take in the spectacular views from Fleetwith Pike. If we're in a less masochistic mood, we will head down to the road at Honister Hause via Brandreth and Grey Knotts.
At Honister Hause, we cross the road and start the long ascent up to the summit of Dale Head. At the summit cairn, we follow the ridge path along Hindscarth Edge, which provides stunning views on a clear day. From Hindscarth Edge, we veer to the summit of Robinson.

The route back to Buttermere Village (and a much-needed drink (or drinks!)) is then reasonably straightforward, traversing the rough open moorland of High Snockrigg.

Start: National Trust car park, Buttermere Village, GR 173172

Start time: 09.30 AM, 08.30 AM from Low Wood Hotel for car sharing*

Length: 14-16 miles

Ascent: 5,800 feet / 1,758 metres

Time: 8 hours

Grade: Very hard

* note the earlier start time, hopefully there should still be plenty of parking available at this time

note; I recently did a reccie of the planned route, and have amended the walk slightly.

The inclusion of Brandreth and Grey Knotts would increase the length of the walk. It therefore seems to make most sense to head straight down down to Honister Hause from Haystacks.

It will be possible to stop off at Honister Slate Mine for a coffee / tea break, before heading up Dale Head.

The total length of the walk is 15 miles, and will take approx. 9 hours to complete (including rest stops). I am happy to shorten the walk if need be.

Start: National Trust car park, Buttermere Village, GR 173172

Start time: 09.30 AM, 08.30 AM from Low Wood Hotel for car sharing*

Length: 14-16 miles

Ascent: 5,800 feet / 1,758 metres

Time: 9 hours

Grade: Very hard / strenuous

* note the earlier start time, hopefully there should still be plenty of parking available at this time.

see comments from Anne in 'ramblings on' below for the walk description

2 comments:

Anne said...

BUTTERMERE HORSESHOE

This is a long and strenuous walk that presents little technical difficulty. I plan to incorporate plenty of rest stops to enjoy the views / take a breather. Depending on weather conditions on the day, it may be necessary to shorten the walk.

Please bring plenty of waterproof, warm clothing and food/drink in case the weather doesn't cooperate!

From the National Trust car park at the village of Buttermere (GR 173172), we commence on a long, gradual ascent of Red Pike via Scale Force. Views open up across Crummock Water, taking in Grasmoor, Robinson and other fells.

From Red Pike, we follow the main path along the ridge, taking in High Stile, High Crag and Seat until we arrive at the path junction at Scarth Gap.

The main route continues from Scarth Gap to take in the twin summits of Haystacks. From Haystacks, the path descends past Innominate Tarn, where fine views can be had of Great Gable and Green Gable (and the remains of A.W. Wainwright).

If we all happen to be in a masochistic mood (and if the weather's cooperating), we may detour to take in the spectacular views from Fleetwith Pike. If we're in a less masochistic mood, we will head down to the road at Honister Hause via Brandreth and Grey Knotts.

At Honister Hause, we cross the road and start the long ascent up to the summit of Dale Head. At the summit cairn, we follow the ridge path along Hindscarth Edge, which provides stunning views on a clear day. From Hindscarth Edge, we veer to the summit of Robinson.
The route back to Buttermere Village (and a much-needed drink (or drinks!)) is then reasonably straightforward, traversing the rough open moorland of High Snockrigg.

Start: National Trust car park, Buttermere Village, GR 173172

Start time: 09.30 AM, 08.30 AM from Low Wood Hotel for car sharing*

Length: 14-16 miles

Ascent: 5,800 feet / 1,758 metres

Time: 8 hours

Grade: Very hard

* note the earlier start time, hopefully there should still be plenty of parking available at this time

Anne said...

"BUTTERMERE HORSESHOE" UPDATE

I recently did a reccie of the planned route, and have amended the walk slightly.

The inclusion of Brandreth and Grey Knotts would increase the length of the walk. It therefore seems to make most sense to head straight down down to Honister Hause from Haystacks.

It will be possible to stop off at Honister Slate Mine for a coffee / tea break, before heading up Dale Head.

The total length of the walk is 15 miles, and will take approx. 9 hours to complete (including rest stops).