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 ….



                        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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