Walk                 : Whiteless Pike (2,158 ft), Wandope (2,533ft)

                        Date                 : 27th August 2016

                        Weather           : Hot and Sunny around 20 °C

                        Route Details    : From Buttermere via Whiteless Breast

                        Distance           : @ 5.2 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 95 mins to Whiteless Pike summit (5 hours in total)

                            

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

 

                        Overview

                        For once the mid week weather forecast of poor weather for the Bank Holiday weekend was wrong and we were

                                    blessed with clear skies and sunshine, certainly on the Saturday, so we seized the day. Unfortunately Ste had to work

                                    so we were not quite a full crew as a result. We decided to revisit the Buttermere area which seemed to be the choice

                                    of many on the day. This walk from just behind the back of the Bridge Inn pub is one I couldn’t recommend highly

                                    enough, with good paths throughout and views to die for on the summit. Also the ridge walk to Wandope signified

                                    the half way stage of me achieving all 214 Wainwright summits.

 

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

The walk starts from the National Trust Car park about a quarter of a mile from the rear of the Bridge Inn pub in Buttermere

A full day parking is £6.50 (free in you are a member of the NT) and today it was absolutely heaving

 

 

From the entrance of the car park, turn right and just slightly further on down the road a stoned path (signposted)

turns off to the left past a row of cottages heading out to the valley of Sail Beck

 

 

Not long past the cottages a barred gate gives access to the open tracks of the lower fellside

 

 

Very shortly after passing through the gate the path forks. We took the left fork initially heading towards

High House Crag

 

 

Looking back towards Buttermere and the High Stile range. Slightly left of centre is Haystacks

dwarfed by its surrounding neighbours

 

 

The route swings round to the left towards the base of Whiteless Breast and joins a zig-zag path that helps

with the climb up the steep south face

 

 

Looking north eastwards across Crummock Water and Loweswater from the zig-zag path. Low Bank in the foreground

 

 

Continuing along the path to Whiteless Breast, it is quite steep in parts but heads to a series of rock bands

towards the top after which it becomes a little easier

 

 

Looking Northwest over the valley of Sail Beck and in the centre background, Causey Pike

 

 

Looking East from the path and the pointy one in the middle distance is Catstyecam which sits next to Helvellyn on the right

 

 

Cumbria’s only 3 legged sheep …. Are you gonna move or what ???

 

 

Approaching the series of rock bands that require a bit of mild scrambling. The path, now at its steepest is stone

pitched, thankfully to assist the climb

 

 

Looking behind towards the southern end of Buttermere and Wow !! what a view

 

 

Looking over Buttermere to (l to r) High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike, with Pillar peeping over the top behind

 

 

We make it to the summit of Whiteless Pike which was just breath taking and where we would stay for

some considerable time.

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit of Whiteless Pike …. https://youtu.be/5CiMz5K9hlE

 

 

 

Sue and me on the summit after a hot and thirsty climb

 

 

What a view !!! and so many prominent fells … Green Gable, Great Gable, Scafell Pike, Scafell, Pillar, Haystacks.

Absolutely stunning

 

 

To the North, Crummock Water, Loweswater, Rannerdale

 

             

 

The ridge walk to Wandope via Thirdgill Head Man and how Wainwright sketched it in Book 6

 

 

It was at this point whilst taking a lengthy pause on the summit we had the great pleasure of meeting up

with Judy and Ian Gordon from Yarm in the North East near Stockton on Tees. They were up for the week

and on this walk they would complete the whole of Book 6 by going on to do Sail & Grasmoor (some considerable yomping there)

We spent ages on the summit, talking comparing notes and just taking in the marvellous views. It was a real pleasure

 

 

A zoom in close up of Scafell Pike on the right (you can just make out the summit cairn) and across Mickledore on the right Scafell

 

 

 

The four of us set out to cross the dramatic ridge leading upto Wandope. On the left, approaching Thirdgill Head Man to swing

around right to head to Wandope, and on the right, looking back down the ridge we crossed

 

 

Looking East over to the Helvellyn range

 

 

Looking over Newlands Hause towards Robinson

 

 

A close up on Great Gable, Scafell Pike, Lingmell & Scafell

 

 

Looking out over the Irish Sea to the Isle of ManWow !!

 

 

After another long stop and chat on the summit of Wandope, Judy & Ian headed off North to complete Sail

and pictured here … Grasmoor. Thank you for your company and walk on a fabulous day

 

 

 

We stayed on the summit for a long while and didn’t really want to come down

 

 

The big whale back that is Mellbreak across Crummock Water

 

 

Journeying back down and passing many of the precipitous drops over the edge of the connecting ridge.

After several previous walks where we were either soaked wet through or buffeted by the wind

it was such a pleasure to be out in Lakeland on day like this

 

 

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