|Todays route hadn't been entirely worked out, all I knew is I wanted to get up onto High Stile as it has been years since I was last there. Once up near Red Pike I decided to head up to Starling Dodd and also planned Great Borne but decided not to continue further in that direction. I also bypassed Red Pike and High Stile to get to High Crag first and then traverse back along the ridge.|
|Date:||15th October 2015||Distance:||19.3km (11.99 Miles)||Parking:||Car Park just off Main Road|
|Start Location:||Buttermere||Ascent (m/ft):||1261m (4137ft)||Weather:||
|Time Started:||10:54||Highest Point:||High Stile (807m/2648ft)||Difficulty:||Difficult|
|Duration:||6 Hours 4 Minutes|
|Route:||Buttermere - Scale Bridge - Scales - Scale Force - Scale Beck - Lingcomb Edge - Little Dodd (590m/1936ft) - Starling Dodd (633m/2077ft) - Comb Crags - High Crag (744m/2441ft) - High Stile East Top (807m/2648ft) - High Stile West Top (806m/2644ft) - Chapel Crags - Red Pike (755m/2477ft) - The Saddle - Dodd (641m/2103ft) - Bleaberry Tarn - Old Burtness - Buttermere|
Down on the valley floor just outside Buttermere and you can get some great views up to Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike.
Mellbreak falling steeply into Crummock Water.
Crummock Water slowly comes into view as I follow the path round to Scale Force.
|Grasmoor, Whiteless Pike and the smaller fell in the foreground is Rannerdale Knotts.
Mellbreak and Crummock Water.
Grasmoor from higher up. Almost at the waterfall now.
I think this has to be my favourite waterfall. I think that everytime I visit and its lovely that its out of the way and no crowds nearby unlike at Stock Ghyll, Skelwith and Aira Forces'. My path from here followed a route I had never been on before and stuck close to Scale Beck up a hanging valley.
Another waterfall along Scale Beck.
|Looking down Scale Beck to Mellbreak and Crummock Water.|
|Grasmoor from Lingcomb Edge.|
|Dodd, High Stile and to the right is Red Pike from Lingcomb Edge.|
|From left to right the fells are Gavel Fell, Blake Fell and to the right is Carling Knott. Infront of Blake Fell is Hen Comb.|
|Starling Dodd and Great Borne.|
|Red Pike, but first I need to head over to Starling Dodd.|
|A simple quite flat path over to Starling Dodd.|
|The Summit of Little Dodd looking to Starling Dodd.|
|And a view back to Red Pike from Little Dodd.|
|From front to back is Knott Rigg, Ard Crags, Causey Pike and Blencathra.|
|Grasmoor and Crummock Water.|
|The path up to Starling Dodd. It doesn't look that steep but it was quite tough on the legs!|
|The other side of Ennerdale. Pillar, Black Crag, Scoat Fell and Steeple.|
|The summit of Starling Dodd looking to Great Borne.|
|A lovely view across to Grasmoor.|
|Great Borne from Starling Dodd.|
|Red Pike and High Stile as seen from Starling Dodd.|
|The remote upper Ennerdale. Black Sail Youth Hostel is just down there below Great and Green Gable.|
|Time to head back that way and around High Stile to High Crag first.|
|Ennerdale Water and Crag Fell.|
|Fellbarrow and Low Fell. The dark patch on the left is Loweswater.|
|Scale Beck as it heads down to Scale Force below. The path you can see heading off away from the beck to the right is the one I used on the way up.|
|Looking back to Starling Dodd and Great Borne.|
|Mellbreak with Loweswater to the left and Crummock Water to the right.|
|High Stile. Not heading up there yet though - Over to High Crag first.|
|The North Western Fells with Dodd on the left and Bleaberry Tarn down on the right. Way in the distance is Skiddaw and Blencathra.|
|A fantastic view from the ridge.|
|The summit of High Stile is just up there.|
|A view back to Dodd.|
|Red Pike as I make my way around High Stile.|
|Ennerdale Water far behind now.|
|And my first view of High Crag. Not far now.|
|Beautiful colours around Buttermere (Lake) and Robinson.|
|Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks from High Crag.|
|Ennerdale Water a long way off now.|
|The summit cairn on High Crag.|
|A smaller Birkett Fell down below called Seat.|
|The upper reaches of the Ennerdale Valley.|
|Time to head back up to High Stile.|
|Amazing sheer drops on Grey Crag.|
|This is the 807m Grey Crag summit on High Stile.|
|According to the OS Map the summit over to the right is 806m - so 1m lower than this one... It looks a little bit higher from here but views can be deceptive.|
|Scafell Pike and Sca Fell.|
|This is the 806m Summit on High Stile and the recognised Wainwright top. The main fell to the left is Pillar.|
|High Stile summit.|
|And this is the cairn on Red Pike.|
|Red Pike summit looking back to High Stile.|
|After a steeper than steep descent on lose stones I get this view over to Dodd. A quick nip up there and then its time to get back down as its starting to get late.|
|The summit of Dodd (Not the Wainwright one).|
|High Stile from Dodd.|
|Buttermere from the descent. Thats Robinson to the left with Dale Head in the middle and Fleetwith Pike on the right.|
|And a final photo of the view down Buttermere to Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.|