Start – Buttermere car park NY173171, Distance – 12.5km, Ascent – 1080m, Time – 4hrs 50mins plus stops.
The more observant amongst you will have spotted the obvious weakness with this walk – you really need two cars to make it work. The only other alternative is to continue northwards to Braithwaite and use the bus service to Buttermere. This is a reasonable proposition, as it only adds a couple of kilometres and practically no extra ascent to the walk. In addition, Grasmoor could be omitted to shorten the overall distance and climb. Either way, this is one of the best walks I’ve done in the Lake District and well worth doing if circumstances allow. More elevation, more ridges and more peaks than you can shake a carbon fibre walking pole at, this is the piece de resistance in one of the best area of the Lakes. ‘Nuff said.

Near the start of the walk from Buttermere, looking down Rannerdale towards Crummock Water.

Whiteless Edge from Whiteless Pike. The north western fells seem to me to have a particularly high quota of ridges and edges, making it one of the very best places in the Lake District to go walking – in my opinion, anyway.

Grasmoor from the slopes of Wandope. Another slightly hazy day (though at least dry) meant yet more excellent excuses for my lack of photographic talent. I have a whole store of them…

Light and shade on Grisedale Pike, as seen from Eel Crag

The ridge along Scar Crags and onto Causey Pike. I told you about the ridges in the north-west of the Lakes, didn’t I?

Across Derwent Water and down the valley between the northern and eastern fells. This was taken from the steep drop at the end of the Causey Pike ridge. Ooh my knees…