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Buttermere : 23rd September 2012

posted 9 Sept 2012, 07:43 by jenny rookes
On Sunday 23rd September we shall be meeting in what is - perhaps - the loveliest spot in the Lake District , namely Buttermere Village in the car park behind the Fish Inn and, from there, divide for two seperate walks.
The low level walk will begin from a small, free car park back along the road beside Crummock Water and walk to Buttermere along the valley between Rannerdale Knotts and Grasmoor. Some people may wish to actually ascend Rannerdale Knotts which is a short, and rather steep climb, and a long gentle descent on grass. From Buttermere the group could walk either straight back alongside Crummock Water, or walk over the way,  between woods and water along Buttermere to the foot of Scarth Gap to meet up with the high level walkers and onto Gatesgarth where cars will have been left to ferry people back to Crummock Water. 
An easy walk of perhaps 5 or 6 miles with opportunity to stop at the cafes in Buttermere or make a picnic beside the lakes.

The high level walkers will take a car from Buttermere to Gatesgarth then begin the relatively short horseshoe route up the steep face of Fleetwith Pike (with many excuses to stop and admire the stunning views over Buttermere and Crummock Water ) then east to the stone hut at the foot of the old slate quarry incline below Dubs Quarry from where we pick up the main path to Haystacks . The path descends to cross a stream before climbing up to Blackbeck Tarn with Great Gable forming a wonderful backdrop. Continue on the path walking along the east shore of Innominate Tarn to reach the summit of Haystacks with its many crags and a small tarn. After some time exploring the varied and interesting summit we descend to Scarth Gap and  Peggy's Bridge where we will hope to time our arrival so as to meet up with the other group. 
This is a moderate walk (but with some steep climbing and descent) on good paths which should be suitable for dogs. 
5 miles and 2500 feet of ascent.
Despite being short in distance, the route offers an outstanding view of Lakeland scenery including many of the high fells and some its lakes.