Walk                 : Fleetwith Pike (2,126 ft)

                        Date                 : 17th September 2016

                        Weather           : Sunny, light winds around 17 °C

                        Route Details    : From Honister Slate Mine

                        Distance           : @ 4 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 65 mins to summit

                            

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        For the start of our week long stay at our usual haunt of Four Seasons Cottage, Ambleside we chose to do a quick climb of Fleetwith Pike

                                    at the Southern end of Buttermere once we had unpacked and before the light faded. This particular Wainwright summit apart from being

                                    a Wainwright and therefore something to be climbed by “Peak Baggers” is also a mecca for thrill seekers with the Via Ferrata and Infinity Bridge

                                    extreme adventure attraction. Yes, people actually pay to risk life and limb to do this !!

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

 

The walk starts from the car park at the Honister Slate mine attraction

 

 

From the car park, take the obvious shale path that zig-zags its way towards Honister Crag

 

 

As we start to climb the bus takes the next batch of mugs ….. thrill seekers to the start of the Via Ferrata

 

 

And this is what is in store for them !!!!!!!

 

 

Meanwhile, our sedate route up takes a few twists and turns, but generally keep to the wide shale path

 

 

Eventually the path passes a series of giant rock boulders and pretty soon the path is left to turn right and up over

grass towards the summit

 

 

Pretty close to a big fat slab boulder that is a comfortable resting point, the path swings north over grass

 

 

Looking south from the path and Great Gable appears from behind Brandreth

 

 

Great Gable and the pointy Green Gable in front

 

 

Keeping to the path as it swings back round towards Honister Crag we bump into the guys from

Newcastle, who with their Instructor / Guide from the Keswick MRT have just completed the Via Ferrata

 

 

Follow the end of that cable if you dare. This was as close as I was going. There is at least a 1,000 feet sheer drop

 

 

At the top of Honister Crag and a time for celebration for “making it”

 

 

Taking in the views from Honister Crag

 

 

Looking North … Buttermere, Crummock Water and in the distance Loweswater on a remarkably clear day

 

 

Looking across to the West and Pillar towers over the tiny Haystacks

 

 

From Honister Crag, the path leads towards the true summit

 

 

Looking back from the path to where we came from, and the next lot of adventurers complete the Ferrata

 

 

A stunning view awaits us as we make it to the summit

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit   https://youtu.be/RgaDII2e3dU

 

 

 

The High Stile range that flanks Buttermere and Crummock Water

 

 

In the distance, Mellbreak and the fells surrounding Loweswater and Ennerdale

 

 

Sue and Ste take in the views from the summit

 

 

As does this fella

 

 

A lingering last look before we go back down. A stunning way to start a week in the Lake District

 

 

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