Fleetwith Pike - Lake District Walk

Monday 8th September 2008

After a wet weekend in the Lakes that was spent visiting friends and family we awoke on Monday to a dry day and views of the fells. This walk and in particular the climb up the nose of Fleetwith Pike had been on my to do list for over a year now so it was great to get such a good day to do it on after all the recent rain.

Start: Gatesgarth Farm (NY 1945 1501)

Route: Gatesgarth Farm - Fleetwith Pike (256) - Black Star on Honister Crag (257) - Grey Knotts (258) - Brandreth (259) - Haystacks (260) - Scarth Gap - Peggy's Bridge - Gatesgarth Farm

Distance: 7.25 miles     Ascent: 914 metres      Time Taken: 7 hours 5 mins

Terrain: Steep ascents with some scrambling.

Weather: Generally warm with a few showers around lunchtime.

Pub Visited: The Bridge Hotel, Buttermere    Ale Drunk: Black Sheep Bitter

Route Map >>


Fleetwith Pike

Looking up to Fleetwith Pike from the start of the walk. It looks steep.


Looking down to Buttermere after climbing up the side of Fleetwith Pike.


Haystacks, the final summit of the day.

High Crag

High Crag, High Stile and Dodd.

Fleetwith Pike

Still a long way to go to reach the top of Fleetwith Pike.

Green Crag

Green Crag with Great Gable in cloud behind.


Looking back down the nose of Fleetwith Pike as we get near to the top.

Fleetwith Pike's summit

Fleetwith Pike's summit cairn.


Looking back from the summit with a glimpse of Loweswater in the distance.

Robinson & Grasmoor

Grasmoor and Robinson from the summit.

Robinson & Hindscarth

Further round, Skiddaw can be seen in the distance between Robinson and Hindscarth.

Grey Knotts & Brandreth

Grey Knotts and Brandreth two of the summits we would visit today.


Haystacks with Pillar behind in cloud.

Black Star

The next summit and an easy stroll across to Black Star.

Fleetwith Pike

Looking back to Fleetwith Pike from Black Star.

Black Star's summit

Black Star's summit and a view down to Buttermere.

Honister Slate Mine

Crossing the track from Honister Mine with a view stretching as far as the Helvellyn Range.


The clouds start to gather as we head up towards Grey Knotts' summit

Grey Knotts summit

This shot of Grey Knotts' summit suggests the weather is improving. A few minutes later it was waterproofs on as we sat sheltering from the rain and ate our lunch.

Ennerdale & Buttermre

The cloud lifts briefly as we walk between Grey Knotts and Brandreth to give us this view down into two valleys.

Brandreth's summit

The best view we had from Brandreth's summit.


Out of the cloud as we head down towards Haystacks.

Green Crag & Haystacks

The cloud continues to lift as we approach Green Crag and the clear path we followed to Haystacks.

View from Black Beck

The view from Black Beck.

Innominate Tarn

Innominate Tarn with Kirk Fell behind.

Innominate Tarn

Innominate Tarn with Brandreth behind and now free of cloud.

Haystacks' summit

Looking across the unnamed tarn to Haystacks' summit.

High Crag

High Crag from Haystacks.

Fleetwith Pike

Fleetwith Pike from Peggy's Bridge.


Haystacks from the same place.


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